LAURIE, Robert Holmes, and James WHITTLE (publishers)
[The Four Seasons exemplified]
London: Laurie & Whittle, 12 May 1794. Engraving, with mezzotint and roulette-work, a set of four, titled 'Spring', 'Summer', 'Autumn' and 'Winter'. Image size (including text): 12 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches approx. Sheet size: 16 5/8 x 11 3/4 inches approx.
A beautiful series depicting a pair of lovers progressing through the seasons in a country landscape
Spring, and the gentleman presents his love with garlands of flowers, a flower-seller kneels in front of them and holds up a swag of flowers she has just picked up from her overflowing basket. Summer, and the harvest is in full swing, the gentleman holds his love's hand and points to the young children gathering sheaths of corn in the mid-ground. The lady is seated on harvested corn in front of a stand of trees. In the trees an elder lady keeps an eye on the pair of lovers. Autumn, and the pair are seated at the edge of some trees, the lady offers her love a pineapple, whilst her apron overflows with the fruits of the autumn. In the mid-ground, two gentlemen and their dogs are out shooting. Winter, and the happy pair, well-wrapped against the cold, take a stroll and watch the skaters in the mid-ground. Each title panel includes an appropriate 6 to 8 line quote from James Thomson's The Seasons.