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Catherine Maria Fanshawe

1765(?) - 1834

[Scene from Ossian] by Catherine Maria Fanshawe

[Scene from Ossian]   c.1807

  Rare original etching by Catherine Maria Fanshawe.
Signed with initials in the plate.
S 249 x 190 mm; I 241 x 190 mm
Original Catherine Fanshawe etching.

Rare original etching by Catherine Maria Fanshawe.

This image derives from the heroic ‘Scottish’ legends of Ossian, as set forth in the writings of James Macpherson - whose works had caused a sensation, especially with patriotic Scots, when they first appeared during the 1760’s. The quotation given by Miss C.M. Fanshawe at the base of the plate reads: “C….’s eyes have failed. Is thy strength like thy Father’s Ossian? Let the aged feel thine Arm. I gave my Arm to the King. He felt it with his aged Hands. Ossian. Vol: 1st”.

On off-white wove paper, trimmed just within the platemark. Generally very good original condition.