|Artist||William Dickinson after Sir Joshua Reynolds|
|Published||Published Feb 28th, 1775, by W.Dickinson.|
|Dimensions||Image 278 x 325 mm, Plate 278 x 379 mm, Sheet 278 x 379 mm|
Jane Gordon, Duchess of Gordon (1746-1812) was the 2nd daughter of Sir William Maxwell, 3rd baronet of Monreith, Wigtownshire, and Magdalen Blair of Blair. A political hostess and agricultural reformer, Jane married Alexander, 4th Duke of Gordon in 1767. She was a supporter of Pitt and a close friend of Henry Dundas, Lord Melville, such that some bellieved they were lovers. Dundas is said to have managed her affairs for her in London while she did the same for him in Scotland.
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 28 ii/ii, Russell 28 ii/iii, Hamilton p102, O'Donoghue 2, Le Blanc 19, Lennox - Boyd ii/iii
Ex. Col.: Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd
Condition: Light rubbing