London: John Murphy, 1797. Mezzotint, printed in colours and finished by hand, by Gosse. Image size (including text): 17 x 21 3/4 inches. Sheet size: 19 1/8 x 24 3/4 inches.
A charming colour-printed mezzotint of English rural life
Two young children are shown leaning on a stile, looking out with interest at the world outside the confines of their home. The family dog looks up at the viewer. Behind them, a fairly substantial cottage, built of stone with two brick chimneys, sits comfortably in its wooded surroundings beneath a pleasant blue sky. The whole scene is composed of richly contrasting colors and forms, and could serve to illustrate the beginning of a fairy tale.