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Inscription

lower left in plate: Painted by George Romney; lower right in plate: Engraved by Benj.n Smith ; lower center in plate: THE INFANT SHAKESPEARE. / attended by / Nature and the Passions / Pub.d Sept.r 29, 1799, by J & J BOYDELL, athe the Shakspeare Gallery, Pall Mall; & No. 90, Cheapside, London; Nature is represented with her face unveiled to her favourite / Child, who is placed between Joy and Sorrow / On the right hand of Nature, are Love, Hatred, & / Jealousy; on her left hand, Anger, Envy, & Fear

Provenance

(sale, Weschler's Auctions, Washington, DC, date and sale unknown); Donald Vogler, Portland, OR; gift to NGA, 2017.

Bibliography
1854
Le Blanc, Charles. Manuel de l'amateur d'estampes, contenant le dictionnaire des graveurs de toutes les nations, dans lequel sont decrites les estampes rares, precieuses et interessantes avec l'indication de leurs differents etats et des prix auxquels: no. 15