Old wisdom blinking at the stars [graphic].

Published/Created:
[London]
Pubd. March 10th, 1782, by W. Rennie
[10 March 1782]
Physical Description:
1 print : etching with stipple, hand-colored ; plate mark 22 x 19 cm, on sheet 23 x 20 cm
Notes:
Title etched below image.
Attributed to Gillray in the British Museum catalogue.
Temporary local subject terms: Books amplifying subject: Lives of the poets, Johnson's Dictionary, Beauties of Johnson.
Old Print Shop ; Mar. 1961 ; Acquisitions no.: 961-3-1-223.
Matted to 49 x 36 cm.
Abstract:
"Design in an oval. Dr. Johnson, the head in profile to the right, with an owl's body and ass's ears, stands on two books, the lower his 'Dictionary', the upper his 'Lives of the Poets'. The busts of poets stand on brackets (right) above Johnson's head, each is irradiated with a star-shaped halo. They are "Pope", "Milton", a third head wearing a laurel wreath, the inscription concealed by Johnson's head; a fourth halo (left) is visible. These are "the stars" at which Johnson is blinking, but, though screwing up his eyes short-sightedly, he is not looking at them. The back wall, at right angles to the wall on which the busts are placed, is covered with bookshelves, in which folio volumes lean against one another. An open book lying beside the 'Dictionary' is 'Beauties of Johnson'."--British Museum online catalogue.
Associated Names:
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Printmaker]
Rennie, W., active 1782 [Publisher]
Topics:
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley
Harvey, Francis
Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784
Milton, John, 1608-1674
Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744
Riviere & Son
Language:
English
Genre:
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1782
Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1782
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Prints & Photographs
Rights:
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Call Number:
782.03.10.01
Orbis Record:
8938474
Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Digital Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Local Record Number:
lwlpr04916
Volume/Enumeration:
Digital version
OID:
10723564
PID:
digcoll:552931