Tomaso Lorenzo, Princess Angelica, and the Portrait of Crown Prince Bulbo
W. M. Thackeray
Wood engraving, probably by William Linton
10.3 cm high by 6.8 cm wide (4 by 2 ⅝ inches), vignetted
Nineteenth illustration for Thackeray’s The Rose and The Ring, p. 324.
Thackeray now shows the recently arrived court-painter unveiling a portrait of his royal master in armour: youthful, heroic, accomplished, and matrimonially available after the church forbade his marrying his cousin. The implications for Angelica's match with Giglio are clear. Descriptive headlines: "O You Painter, How You Flatter! Sure He Must Be Laughing at Her!" (324-25).
Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.
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