The apotheosis of Penelope Boothby
1745 - 28 Jun 1810
after Henry Fuseli
1741 - 16 Apr 1825
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!
29.6 x 17.6 cm image
Purchased under the terms of the Florence Turner Blake Bequest 2009
Not on display
Shown in 1 exhibition
Printmaking in the age of Romanticism, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Aug 2009–25 Oct 2009
Referenced in 1 publication
Prints and engraved illustrations by and after Henry Fuseli, 1994, (illus.). no.139