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A Romany fortune-teller is reading the palm of a young woman suffering unrequited love; two other Romany women are leaning over a fence and children are sitting around a fire. Etching by P.W. Tomkins after H.W. Bunbury, 1791.

  • Bunbury, Henry William, 1750-1811.
Date
1791
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563059i
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Credit: A Romany fortune-teller is reading the palm of a young woman suffering unrequited love; two other Romany women are leaning over a fence and children are sitting around a fire. Etching by P.W. Tomkins after H.W. Bunbury, 1791. Wellcome Collection. Public Domain Mark

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Marian: a character in The shepherd's week by John Gay; her love for the shepherd Colin Clout is unrequited. She says "Last Friday's eve when as the sun was set / I near yon stile three sallow Gypsies met / Upon my hand they cast a poring look / Bid me beware and thrice their heads they shook. / They said that many crosses I must prove / Some in my worldly gain but most in love … Help me ye Gypsies bring him home again / And to a constant lass give back her swain."

Publication/Creation

1791

Physical description

1 print : etching and stipple ; image 35.3 x 45.4 cm

Lettering

Marian. H. Bunbury Esq. delt.; P.W. Tomkins sculp. late pupil of F. Bartolozzi R.

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 563059i

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