An image of The apotheosis of Penelope Boothby

Michele Benedetti

(Italy, England 1745 – 28 Jun 1810)

after Henry Fuseli

(England 1741 – 16 Apr 1825)

The apotheosis of Penelope Boothby

Location
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!

Year
1796
Media
Print
Medium
stipple engraving
Dimensions
29.6 x 17.6 cm image
Credit
Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest 2009
Accession number
280.2009