9 December 2003
SAMUEL SHELLEY (BRITISH, 1-1808)
Wisdom and the Fiend; a young lady three-quarter length in loose white dress revealing her left breast, holding a sword in her right hand, gold crown in her long brown hair; a monster grasping snakes appearing in the clouds
signed 'Shelley. pinxt.' (lower right) and signed, dated and inscribed in full on the backing paper 'Designd and Painted by Sam: Shelley 1798 No. 6: George St: Hanover Square' and signed and inscribed on paper attached to the frame 'Designed and Painted by Sam: Shelley No 6 Great George Street, Hanover Square' and indistinctly inscribed on backing paper attached to the back of the frame 'Wisdom and fiend [...]'
rectangular, 6 7/8 x 5½ in. (168 x 140 mm.), gilt-metal mount within large gilt-wood frame
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London, Royal Academy, 1798, no. 401, as 'The Virgin, and the Fiend Nemesis, from Akenside's Pleasures of Imagination, Book 2, Ver. 516.'
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