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Georgiana as Cynthia print

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A mounted print of Maria Cosway's painting of Georgiana as Cynthia from Spenser's 'Faerie Queene'.

In 1781 Italian-English artist Maria Cosway was commissioned by Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire to produce a portrait of the Duchess but depicted as Cynthia from the epic English poem ‘The Faerie Queen’ written by Edmund Spenser. The poem was dedicated to Queen Elizabeth I and follows the knights and ladies of the Queen’s court in a mythical faerie land to explore the meaning of virtue. Cynthia was the goddess of the moon and one of the heroes in the story.

Size including mount - 28cm x 36cm x 2mm