Children Spouting Tragedy

Children Spouting Tragedy
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A very interesting, rare, stipple engravings, so finely executed as to give the impression of being a mezzotint. A scene outside the portico of a palladian country mansion with a group of five children acting out one of Shakespeare’s tragedies. The eldest girl declaims dramatically, her younger sister weeps, a small boy lies apparently dead on the steps, while a small girl watches enthralled on the right. . The artist Richard Morton Paye (d. 1821), specialised in painting children, both as single portaits and in groups. Although he died in poverty and neglect, his work is now especially esteemed for his depictions of childhood during the late eighteenth century.