Diana Viscountess Crosbie

Method Mezzotint
Artist William Dickinson after Sir Joshua Reynolds
Published London Publish'd Septr. 20th, 1779, by Dickinson and Watson No. 158, New Bond Street.
Dimensions Image 597 x 378 mm, Plate 634 x 378, Sheet 642 x 390 mm
Notes A full-length portrait of Diana Crosbie, Countess Glandore. Diana is seen standing, looking forward and seemingly in mid-movement as if walking through the scene. She is holding onto her dress with her right hand as her left is outstretched to the right. A rolling landscape can be seen to the right, with trees to the left. Diana's hair is up, secured loosely with ribbons and pearls, locks of loose hair falling over her shoulders.

Diana Crosbie (née Sackville), Viscountess Crosbie (1756 - 1814) was the wife of 2nd Earl of Glandore and daughter of 1st Viscount Sackville. Diana attracted a fair share of criticism as a young woman and had a reputation for gambling and debt, one which was shared by the similarly controversial Duchess of Devonshire.

William Dickinson (1746 - 1823) was a British mezzotinter who began his career with Bowles and was awarded premium of Society of Arts in 1767. In 1773 he set up as his own publisher and from 1779-81 in partnership with Thomas Watson, in 1797 went bankrupt, and emigrated to Paris where he died in 1823.

Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792) was one of the most important figures of the eighteenth century art world. He was the first President of the Royal Academy and Britain's leading portrait painter. Through a series of lectures on the Discourses on Art at the Royal Academy he defined the style later known as the Grand Manner, an idealised Classical aesthetic. He had a profound impact on the theory and practice of art and helped to raise the status of portrait painting into the realm of fine art. A flamboyant socialite, Reynolds used his social contacts to promote himself and advance his career becoming one of the most prominent portrait painters of the period.

Chaloner Smith 14, ii/iii, Hamilton 93, ii/iii, O'Donoghue 1, ii/ii, NPG D38891

Condition: 4 mm margin on top and sides, trimmed within plate mark on bottom, some creasing to corners.
Framing unmounted
Price £600.00
Stock ID 46862