Instruction Stipple engraving by C.W. White after the original drawing by Emma Crewe, first published circa 1783.
148 x 148 mm, contained in cellophane wrapper with fitted envelope. Price includes Postage & Packing within UK.
Emma Crewe (1780–1850) was a talented amateur artist. She contributed designs in “Romantic style” to
Josiah Wedgwood for reproduction in his studio in Rome.
Crewe was criticised in Richard Polwhele’s The Unsex’d Females, for having painted the Frontispiece
to Erasmus Darwin’s The Loves of the Plants: “There is a charming delicacy in most of the pictures of
Miss Emma Crewe; though I think, in her “Flora at play with Cupid,” … she has rather overstepped the
modesty of nature, by giving the portrait an air of voluptuousness too luxuriously melting.” Polwhele had
a particular problem with what he saw as the encroachment of radical French political and philosophical
ideas into British society, particularly those associated with the Enlightenment. These came together, for
Polwhele, in the revolutionary figure of Mary Wollstonecraft