Tomaso Lorenzo, Court Painter

W. M. Thackeray


Wood engraving, probably by William Linton

11.4 cm high by 5.1 cm wide (4 ½ by 2 inches), vignetted

Eighteenth illustration for Thackeray’s The Rose and The Ring, p. 322.

Thackeray depicts the recently arrived court-painter as youthful, handsome, and somewhat philosophical; in other words, a suitable rival for Prince Giglio in Angelica's affections. Descriptive headlines: "Folks With Whom We're All Acquainted Aren't So Handsome as They're Painted" (322-23).

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