|Artist||George Sigmund Facius and Johann Gottlieb Facius after Sir Joshua Reynolds|
|Published||Published June 1st 1782 by John Boydell Engraver in Cheapside London.|
|Dimensions||Image 465 x 300 mm, Sheet 498 x 312 mm|
Allegorical depiction of Britannia after Sir Joshua Reynolds from the New College Window, Oxford (Mannings 2114). The figure is shown in full-length, and wears a plumed helmet. Her left hand rests upon her hip, whilst her right hand extends to a ruined column by her side. Lying by her feet is a lion.
George Sigmund Facius (1750 - 1814) was a German stipple engraver and mezzotinter. Born Regensburg and brought up in Brussels, Facius moved to England in 1776, where he worked for John Boydell. He had a twin brother Johann Gottlieb Facius, with whom he worked with. Between 1785 and 1788, the brothers' work was jointly signed "J. G. S. Facius".
Johann Gottlieb Facius (1750 - after 1802) was a German stipple engraver and twin brother of George Sigmund Facius (qv) with whom he always worked in partnership, signing their plates jointly.
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.
Hamilton 154 ii/ii
Condition: Trimmed within the plate mark.