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John Dean (1754 - 1802), engraver
After Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (1610 - 1662)

The Harmony between Poetry and History



Inscription: Lettered below the image The Harmony between Poetry and History / From the orignal picture at Wilton House in the collection of the Earl of Pembroke to whom this Plate is respectfully inscribed / by His Lordship's oblig'd and obed't servt John Dean and Painted by Romanelli. / Publish'd Jan.y 31st 1786, by Jn.o Dean, No: 12, Bentinck Street Soho. / Engrav'd by Jn.o Dean.

Museum number: P423

Curatorial note

The allegorial figure of Poetry is sitting on the left, gazing upwards and holding a quill pen in her right hand and supporting a book with her left hand. History stands beside her, with her back to the viewer and her head crowned with a laurel wreath. She gazes into the face of Poetry and is poised to begin writing, her paper resting on a board she is holding in her left hand. Above them is a cupid carrying the ouroboros (a snake with its tail in its mouth) and a trumpet whilst behind them to the left is a column decorated with a frieze depicting military scenes.

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