The marriage of Cupid & Psyche [graphic] / Js. Gy. fect. from [the] antique.
Gillray, James, 1756-1815, printmaker.
[3 May 1797]
1 print : aquatint & etching on wove paper, hand-colored ; plate mark 26.3 x 36.3 cm, on sheet 29 x 36.3 cm
Title etched below image. A parody of Bartolozzi's engraving of the Marlborough Gem. Sheet trimmed to plate mark on right and left edges. CtY-LW Temporary local subject terms: Fool's cap as a bonnet rouge -- Cameos: Marlborough gem -- Crowns: earl's coronet -- Cherubs -- Torches: Hymen's smoking torch -- Marriages -- Birds: dove -- Wings -- Travesties.
"Design in an oval. A travesty of the cameo known as the Marlborough Gem, now in the Museum of Fine Arts at Boston. The figures are light on a dark ground, as in the original. Miss Farren, tall, thin, with butterfly wings, her dress approximating to contemporary fashion, walks (left to right) on Lord Derby's left. He has the wings of Cupid, clipped, and is almost nude, with the fat limbs of a child together with a heavy paunch. He holds a dove, putting its beak to his lips. His scanty hair is in a small tail. Both are veiled. They are preceded by two winged boys, one with the torch of Hymen. A third follows, wearing a fool's cap simulating a cap of Liberty; he holds up an earl's coronet towards the bride, in place of the tray of fruit of the original."--British Museum online catalogue.
Marriage of Cupid and Psyche
Cupid (Roman deity). Psyche (Greek deity).
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley--Ownership. Bartolozzi, Francesco, 1727-1815, artist. Derby, Edward Smith Stanley,--Earl of,--1752-1834--Caricatures and cartoons. Derby, Elizabeth Farren Stanley,--Countess of,--1759 or 62-1829--Caricatures and cartoons. Harvey, Francis--Ownership. Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817, publisher. Riviere & Son Binding.
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Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and personal satires, v. 7, no. 9076 Wright, T. Works of James Gillray, the caricaturist with the history of his life and times, p. 229 Wright, T. Historical and descriptive account of the caricatures by James Gillray, no. 432
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