Poseidon Athena Hera gods goddesses mythology frontispiece c.1800 fine old printAntiqueMapsPrints.com
(Allegory- Continents personified- Poseidon- Goddesses- Britannia)
Issued London, c.1830-40 by Thomas Kelley. Drawn by J. Fussell.
Lovely antique engraved print. Intended as a frontispiece for a work of World Geography.
Female allegorical figures for the continents seen at the feet of seated Britannia atop ancient architectural ruins. Of note are the bare-breasted allegorical figures representing Africa & the Americas.
It should be noted the topless woman depicting Africa has a miniature elephants head with tusks on top of hers (!), insturments of the arts at her feet. Tall masts of European ships of commerce visible behind scene.
Asia is represented by a woman in a fancy turban with feathers, Europa in ancient Roman war helmet. Poseidon of the Seas standing behind them holding his trident.
In near VG or better condition, minor light surface age wear and toning as typical, overall the image is clean, well preserved and very attractive. Well inked and nuanced example.
Sheet measures c. 8" x 10 3/4".
Engraved area measures c. 6" x 7 1/2".