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Elizabeth, Princess of England, 1770–1840

A series of etchings, representing the power and progress of genius.

London : Printed for Edward Harding, Pall Mall Court, ... by S. Gosnell, Little Queen Street, 1806.
Physical Description:
[14] leaves, [1], 24 leaves of plates : etchings ; 50 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2015 49
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Dedication, to Queen Charlotte, signed in manuscript: Eliza.
The plates are all signed: Eliza invt & sculpt, and dated 1806.
Each plate faces a pages of descriptive letterpress.
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in gilt- and blind-tooled straight-grained red morocco, by Kalthoeber (?), with "Ex dono authoris" in one of the back panels and the Dartmouth Arms on the sides. Presentation copy to George Legge, Earl of Darthmouth; with his bookplate.
Volume of etchings of allegorical scenes depicting Genius inspiring Fancy, Imagination and the Fine Arts, by Princess Elizabeth, third daughter of George III.
Subject Terms:
Arts -- Pictorial works.
Dartmouth, George Legge, Earl of, 1755-1810 -- Bookplate.
Elizabeth, Princess of England, 1770-1840 -- Autograph.
Genius -- Pictorial works.
Imagination -- Pictorial works.
Allegorical prints.
Presentation bindings (Provenance)
Kalthoeber, Christian Samuel, active 1780-1817, binder.
Harding, E. (Edward), 1755-1840, bookseller.
Gosnell, Samuel, printer.

  • 1. Imagination delivers the infant Genius into the hands of Fancy
  • 2. Imagination guides Genius
  • 3. Fancy runs off with Genius
  • 4. Imagination lets Genius fly
  • 5. Fancy, jealous of the flight of Genius, catches him in a wreath of flowers
  • 6. Genius sits on a rock, heavy and stupid, his lyre unstrung ...
  • 7. Imagination takes the bandage from the eyes of Genius, while Fancy eagerly looks on
  • 8. Genius begins to enlighten the Fine Arts ...
  • 9. Music
  • 10. Sculpture
  • 11. Architecture, Sculpture, and Painting try to attain Genius, who flies over their heads flourishing his torch ...
  • 12. Geography, History, and Poetry, crowned by Genius ...
  • 13. Genius enchained by Ignorance and Folly
  • 14. Genius breaks the emblem of Folly, and treads on Ignorance
  • 15. Genius returns to Imagination, with Folly and Ignorance in chains
  • 16. Out of the emblem of Folly, Genius forms the distaff ...
  • 17. Genius teaches Fancy to spin, and Imagination attends to them
  • 18. Imagination shears a ram. Fancy weaves. Genius brings her a flake of wool
  • 19. Fancy amuses the infant Genius with four dried leaves tied to the end of a stick ...
  • 20. Agriculture ...
  • 21. The origin of Navigation
  • 22. The forging of anchors ...
  • 23. The making of cables ...
  • 24. Pottery ...

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