The Dark Counts, or Dunkelgrafen in German, was a nickname given to the wealthy couple who resided in the castle of Eishausen from 1807 until their deaths. The man presented himself as Count Vavel de Versay but kept the woman’s identity secret, making it clear that they were neither married nor lovers. They led secretive lives, particularly the Countess who ventured out only in a carriage or with a veil covering her face.
Call Number: 772.03.28.01+ Title: Miss Rattle dressing for the Pantheon Published: [London] : Printed for Carington Bowles, Map & Printseller, No. 69 in St. Pauls Church Yard, London, published as the act directs, 28th March 1772. Description: 1 print on laid paper : mezzotint, hand-colored ; plate mark 35.4 x 25.1 cm., on sheet 41 x 30 cm. Notes: State without plate number. Cf. No. 5093 in the Catalogue of prints and drawings in the British Museum. Division I, political and…
18th century morning dress. British Museum Museum number 2010,7081.447 Description Recto Morning; a young woman shown three-quarters length sitting to right on the edge of her curtained bed, at her breakfast table, lifting her right arm as as she draws her dressing-gown across her with the other hand and looking towards the viewer; a window in the background; from a set of the times of day; after Mercier; proof before letters. Mezzotint with some etching
"Thomas Augustine Arne" by Francesco Bartolozzi (1770) at the National Portrait Gallery, London - From the curators' comments: "The composer Thomas Arne specialised in opera and pieces for the London theatres and pleasure gardens, but also wrote many catches and songs. 'Rule Britannia' was the finale of his masque Alfred which was performed at Cliveden, the Prince of Wales' house, in 1740. It is this piece of music that the composer is playing on the organ in this etching."