Francesco Bartolozzi RA, 1728–1815, Italian, active in Britain (1764–99)
after Charles Reuben Ryley, 1752–1798, British
Memorial for the Seven Children, of James and Mary Woodmason, Killed by Fire, in the Family Mansion
Stipple engraving and line engraving
Lettered, upper center: "IN THE CHURCH OF ST. PETER UPON CORNHILL."; lettered, center: "James born 20 June 1773 | Mary 28 Aug: 1774 | Charles 17 Feb. 1776 | Harriot 10 March 1777 | George 30 June: 1778 | John | Twins 22 Mar: 1779 | Eliz: | The WHOLE OFFSPRING of | JAMES and MARY WOODMASON | In the Same awful moment on the 18 Jan. 1782. | TRANSLATED | By Sudden and irrsistible Flames | In the late Mansion of their sorrowing Parents | from the | SLEEP of INNOCENCE | to | ETERNAL BLISS! | Their REMAINS collected from the RUINS | Are here combined! | A sympathying Friend of the bereaved parents their companion through the Night of the 18 Jan: | in a Scene of Distress beyond, the Powers of language | perhaps of Imagination! | Devotes this spontaneous Tribute | of the Feeliings of his Mind | To the Memory of Innocence! | T.H.C." | London: Published 1st January 1798 by Robt. Wilkinson, No.58. Cornhill"; lettered, lower left: "C.R. Ryley del."; lettered, lower right: "F.Bartolozzi R.A. sculp."
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection