Wednesday, 23 November 2016

A Bath Adonis


A Bath Adonis, c. 1775. From
the Lewis Walpole Archive at Yale,

And here is a very beautiful man, admiring his image in an ornate mirror at the Pump Room in Bath. He is decked in finery, with buttons on his coat and waistcoat, buckles, a dress sword, and a snuff-box ajar. He is just lovely (well, he thinks he is), and below the image is the inscription 'A Bath Adonis worshiping [sic] the Idol of his affections'.

Etched and engraved, possibly from The Matrimonial Magazine (18.3 10.3 cm).

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