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A lady telling a gripping story to young women and children. Mezzotint by V. Green, 1785, after J. Opie.

Opie, John, 1761-1807.
Date
Dec.r 1st 1785

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"A lady sitting on the right telling a story to three young women and two children, closely clustered around her, probably in consequence of the sensational character of the tale. ... Same dimensions as last [A school after Opie] to which this is a companion. ... It is probable that some of the figures in these compositions, which are fine specimens of the British school, are portraits of Opie's wife and her relatives." --Chaloner Smith, loc. cit. Horace Walpole's gothick novel The castle of Otranto was first published in 1764. The phrase "A winter's tale" on the present print may allude to a tale of that type, rather than to Shakespeare's play The winter's tale

Publication/Creation

London (No. 29 Newman Street, Oxford Street) : V. Green & Son ; [Paris?] : Se vend chez les frères Torre, marchands d'estampes, Dec.r 1st 1785

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1 print : mezzotint ; sheet 50 x 61.4 cm

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A winter's tale. ...

Publications note

J. Chaloner Smith, British mezzotinto portraits, vol. 2, London 1883, pp. 597-598, V. Green no. 157
Alfred Whitman, Valentine Green, London: A.H. Bullen, 1902, p. 158, no. 246

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 674375i

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