(Italy, England 1745 – 28 Jun 1810)
(England 1741 – 16 Apr 1825)
The apotheosis of Penelope Boothby
- Not on display
- Further information
The painting on which this engraving is based was commissioned by Sir Brooke Boothby as a memorial to his daughter, Penelope, who died in 1791 at the age of five. The engraving formed the frontispiece to a collection of verse by Boothby in which there is a description of the composition:
Lo, the mild angel to receive her bends!
From the dark disk of this terraqueous ball,
The spotless shade to her own heaven ascends.
The towering Day-star, smiling points the way
To glorious regions, bright with cloudless ray!
- stipple engraving
- 29.6 x 17.6 cm image
- Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest 2009
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