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An image of The apotheosis of Penelope Boothby by Michele Benedetti, after Henry Fuseli

Michele Benedetti

(Italy, England 1745 – 28 Jun 1810)

after Henry Fuseli

(England 1741 – 16 Apr 1825)

The apotheosis of Penelope Boothby
Media category
Materials used
stipple engraving

29.6 x 17.6 cm image

Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest 2009
Accession number
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!

Bibliography (1)

David H Weinglass, Prints and engraved illustrations by and after Henry Fuseli, 1994, (illus.). no.139

Exhibition history (1)

Printmaking in the age of Romanticism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Aug 2009–25 Oct 2009