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|Illustration No.||1  |
|Title Caption||RETRATO DE CERVANTES DE SAAVEDRA POR EL MISMO.|
|Part||Part I, Madrid 1605|
|Color||Black and white|
|Page Number||f.p. 1 or The Life of Cervantes|
|Image Dimension||204 x 147|
|Page Dimension||286 x 228|
|Commentary||Cervantes' portrait as a writer (holding a quill, at his library...) and as a soldier (helmet and sword on the wall).
In the background, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza represented in an ambiguous way. Are they real? (in a window) or fictitious? (in a painting).
Large size figure.
Drawing and engraving are excellent.
This portrait will be copied time and time again.
|Notes||1 - William Kent's signature appears as "G. Kent".
2 - Same plate used for London: Tonson, 1738.