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Print made by Francesco Bartolozzi RA, 1728–1815, Italian, active in Britain (1764–99)
after Benjamin West, 1738–1820, American, active in Britain (from 1763)
Published by Antonio Poggi, active 1776–1781, Italian

Cornelia, Mother of the Gracchi

Additional Title(s):

Cornelia (Fan)

Cornelia Africana

Cornelia, Mother of the Gracchi, Shewing Her Children As Her Only Ornaments

Mezzotint and etching on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 8 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches (21.3 x 23.5 cm), Plate: 7 13/16 x 8 3/4 inches (19.9 x 22.2 cm), and Image (oval): 4 1/4 x 5 3/8 inches (10.8 x 13.7 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, lower center: "Mother of the Gracchi"; on back, lower center: "(IR31/2224); lower right, "II"; vertically along right edge of sheet: "Juer 1[?2]06"

Lettered in black ink, along lower left outline of oval image: "Benj. West inv."; along lower right outline of oval image: "F. Bartolozzi Sculp."; lower center: "Cornelia. | Publish'd by A. Poggi, St. Georges Row. Novr. 10th. 1783."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
(story of) Cornelia, mother of the Gracchi | ancient | bench | boy | column (architectural element) | Cornelia produces her two young sons, Tiberius and Gaius S. Gracchus, to a Roman matron who had shown off her jewelry | costume | family | gesture | jewelry | man | mother | necklace | nobility | ornaments | oval | patricians | pendants (jewelry) | portrait | Roman Empire | sandals | servant | sons | tribunes (public officers) | women
Associated People:
Africana, Cornelia (191 or 190 BC–100 BC)
Gracchus, Tiberius (163 or 162 BC–133 BC), Roman Populares politician
Gracchus, Gaius (154 BC–121 BC), Roman Populares politician
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