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A woman and a soldier, both on horseback, are attacked by wolves while riding in the Alps in winter. Stipple engraving by P.W. Tomkins, 1798, after W. Hamilton.

  • Hamilton, William, 1751-1801
April 5, 1798
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An episode described in the poem 'Winter' (1726), in 'The seasons' by James Thomson: "By wintry famine roused, from all the tract / Of horrid mountains which the shining Alps, / And wavy Appenine, and Pyrenees, / Branch out stupendous into distant lands; / Cruel as death, and hungry as the grave! / Burning for blood! bony, and gaunt, and grim! / Assembling wolves in raging troops descend; / And, pouring o'er the country, bear along, / Keen as the north-wind sweeps the glossy snow. / All is their prize. They fasten on the steed, / Press him to earth, and pierce his mighty heart. / Nor can the bull his awful front defend, / Or shake the murdering savages away. / Rapacious, at the mother's throat they fly, / And tear the screaming infant from her breast. / The godlike face of man avails him nought. / E'en beauty, force divine! at whose bright glance / The generous lion stands in soften'd gaze, / Here bleeds, a hapless undistinguish'd prey."


London (No. 49 New Bond Street)] : Pubd. as the Act directs ... by P. W. Tomkins, April 5, 1798.

Physical description

1 print : stipple engraving ; image and border 33 x 26.5 cm


Wolves descending from the Alps. Painted by W. Hamilton R.A. ... Engraved by P.W. Tomkins histl. engraver to Her Majesty.


Wellcome Library no. 2822759i



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