Engraving of the Piping Boy engraved by James Heath for the Poems of John Hughes dated 26 July 1779. From the drawing by Thomas Stothard.

Detail from the engraving of the Piping Boy engraved by James Heath for the Poems of John Hughes dated 26 July 1779. From the drawing by Thomas Stothard.

 
Love stole the pipe of sleeping Pan and played.

Engraving of the Piping Boy engraved by James Heath for the Poems of John Hughes dated 26 July 1779. From the drawing by Thomas Stothard.  James would have been 22 years old.  Printed for John Bell near Exeter Exchange Strand London.

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Thomas Stothard (1755-1834) was an English painter and engraver.  He was born in London in 1755 and studied at the Royal Academy and was elected a full academician in 1794.  In 1780 he became a regular contributor to the Novelist's Magazine, for which he produced 148 designs.  He was very prolific and produced about three thousand illustrations that were engraved, many by James Heath.  The two men worked on numerous projects together throughout their lives.