Ralph Beilby (1743-1817)
Frontispiece to Pope Ganganelli's Letters (1786)
17.0 cm x 23.6 cm
This engraving shows the figure of Time with a scythe at the tomb of Pope Clement XIV (born Lorenzo Ganganelli) who was pope from 1769 until 1774). Pope Clement's letters were published in Paris after his death. They were so widely read that the Newcastle bookseller and publisher William Charnley commissioned a translation to be printed in Newcastle. The Pope's writing instruments are visible on his tomb. This fine engraving was made by Ralph Beilby to accompany the letters. Beilby ran an engraving business in Newcastle with Thomas Bewick (who had previously been Beilby's apprentice).