"Frontispiece to Walpoole's New & Complete British Traveller", Walpoole, G. A.
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1782 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
7.7 x 12.6 inches
19.6 x 32 cm
A wonderful allegorical frontispiece with a complete description below: "This Superbly Elegant Frontispiece represents Britannia attended by Prudence, Justice, Temperance, & Fortitude holding out an Olive Branch to the four Quarters of the World, who are pressing forward to receive it, while the God of the Seas pours out of a Cornucopia the Riches of the Globe at her Feet. The Angel of Truth is represented as dictating to the Genius of our Work, an Account of the various subjects to be described in This New British Traveller, a Youth and a Lover of the fine Arts are hearkening with Attention to the Discourse. The three Young Cupids supporting & surveying a Map of Great Britain represent the Genius of England, Scotland & Ireland. Mercury is seen flying to announce the publication of Wapoole's New British Traveller, while Fame sounds her Trumpet in Praise of this delightful & beneficial performance. At a distance on a Hill is the Temple of British Worthies. In the background is a View of the Cornish Mount Naval Force, Agriculture, Sculpture &c. The Arms of England, Scotland & Ireland with the Ruins of Stone Henge, Antiquities, a Post Chaise, allude to the extensive nature of This entire New Performance."
Short repaired tear just entering plate at right.