The Fables of John Dryden, illustrated by Lady Diana Beauclerc (1797). John Dryden, Lady Diana Beauclerc.
The Fables of John Dryden, illustrated by Lady Diana Beauclerc (1797)
The Fables of John Dryden, illustrated by Lady Diana Beauclerc (1797)
The Fables of John Dryden, illustrated by Lady Diana Beauclerc (1797)
The Fables of John Dryden, illustrated by Lady Diana Beauclerc (1797)
The Fables of John Dryden, illustrated by Lady Diana Beauclerc (1797)
The Fables of John Dryden, illustrated by Lady Diana Beauclerc (1797)
The Fables of John Dryden, illustrated by Lady Diana Beauclerc (1797)
The Fables of John Dryden, illustrated by Lady Diana Beauclerc (1797)
The Fables of John Dryden, illustrated by Lady Diana Beauclerc (1797)
The Fables of John Dryden, illustrated by Lady Diana Beauclerc (1797)

The Fables of John Dryden, illustrated by Lady Diana Beauclerc (1797)

London: T. Bensley for J. Edwards, 1797. First printing. Hardcover. Folio (14.75 x 10.75 inches), recent cloth spine, contemporary leather boards, good with some rubbing and light wear to boards, contents very good, endpapers a little soiled and lightly edgeworn, contents very good, with 9 full page engraved plates after Beauclerc, engraved by Bartolozzi and others, and numerous large engraved vignette headpieces and tailpieces, armorial bookplate of Augusta Carr Glasgow -- nee Augusta Hay -- (daughter of the 15th Earl of Erroll and first wife of the 4th Earl of Glasgow -- she died in 1822). The artist Lady Diana Beauclerk (née Lady Diana Spencer; other married name Diana St John, Viscountess Bolingbroke; 24 March 1734 – 1 August 1808) was an English noblewoman and artist. She became an artist under the influence of Joshua Reynolds. She was known as "Lady Di" the same as her namesake in the 1970s-80s. Finding herself in a desperately unhappy marriage to the notoriously unfaithful Viscount Bolingbroke, Lady Di overturned convention. She left her husband and maintained a secret relationship with her lover, Topham Beauclerk. In February 1768 Bolingbroke petitioned for divorce on grounds of adultery ("criminal conversation"). The petition required an act of parliament, which was passed the next month. Within two days, she married Topham Beauclerk of Old Windsor. They had three children. Their circle of friends included Samuel Johnson, Georgiana Cavendish, Edward Gibbon, David Garrick, Charles Fox, James Boswell and Edmund Burke. Johnson referred to her as a "whore" to Boswell in 1773, and she had a reputation as an adultress, which actually worked in her favor as her notoriety furthered her career as an artist and designer: she painted portraits, illustrated plays and books, provided designs for Wedgwood's innovative pottery, and decorated rooms with murals. Championed by her close friend Horace Walpole, whose letters illuminate all aspects of her life, she was able to establish herself as an admired artist at a time when women struggled to forge careers. Good. Item #H18249

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