|Artist||Francesco Bartolozzi after Thomas Engleheart|
|Published||[Publish'd as the Act directs Octr. 1st. 1783 by Anthy. Molten]|
|Dimensions||Image 98 x 78 mm, Plate 186 x 134 mm, Sheet 297 x 214 mm|
Half-length portrait of Eastcourt Bromley as Cecilia, the female protagonist in Frances Burney's 1782 novel, Cecilia, or Memoirs of an Heriess. The portrait presents the young woman turned to the left, whilst gazing towards the viewer. Her hair is adorned with pearls, and a ribbon is tied beneath her chin. The low-cut dress that she wears features a small bow upon the breast.
Eastcourt Bromley (1760 - 1809 fl.) was a Jewish courtesan, primarily known for being the sitter for Engleheart's portrait.
Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1815) was an Italian engraver. The son of a goldsmith, Bartolozzi studied painting in Florence, trained as an engraver in Venice and began his career in Rome. In 1763 Richard Dalton, art dealer and librarian to George III, met him and invited him to London, promising him a post as engraver to the king. Bartolozzi moved to London the following year, and remained for thirty-five years. He executed numerous engravings for the King. He also made many engravings of paintings by Italian masters and by his friend, the painter Giovanni Cipriani. In 1768 Bartolozzi was the only engraver to become a founder member of the Royal Academy of Arts. He moved to Lisbon in 1802 as director of the National Academy.
Thomas Engleheart (1745 - 1809) Modeller, carver and painter
Calabi & De Vesme 1279 iii/vii
Condition: Manuscript text in bottom margin. Some faint discolouration to margins, but otherwise, a good impression.