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Title

The apotheosis of Penelope Boothby

1796

Artists

Michele Benedetti

Italy, England

1745 – 28 Jun 1810

after Henry Fuseli

England

1741 – 16 Apr 1825

  • Details

    Date
    1796
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    stipple engraving
    Dimensions
    29.6 x 17.6 cm image
    Credit
    Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest 2009
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    280.2009
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Michele Benedetti

    Works in the collection

    1

    Artist information
    after Henry Fuseli

    Works in the collection

    12

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  • About

    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!

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

Other works by after Henry Fuseli

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