Lady Charles Spencer

Method Mezzotint
Artist William Dickinson after Sir Joshua Reynolds
Published London. Publish'd Jan. 15th. 1776. by Wm. Dickinson, at Mrs. Sledges, Henrietta Street, Covent Garden.
Dimensions Image 450 x 350 mm, Plate 505 x 350 mm, Sheet 515 x 360 mm
Notes A three-quarter length portrait of Lady Mary Spencer. Mary is depicted standing, looking off to the left. Her right arm is is wrapped around the nose of a horse and she is dressed for riding, with her hat in her left hand. She is situated in a wooded area, with the shadows from nearby trees visible on her skirt.

Lady Mary Spencer (née Beauclerk) (1743 - 1812) was the youngest child of Admiral Vere Beauclerk and Mary Chambers. She was also a great-granddaughter of King Charles II by his mistress, Nell Gwyn. Mary married Lord Charles Spencer, son of the 3rd Duke of Marlborough, in 1762. Charles was a member of Parliament, Postmaster General, Master of Mint and Gentleman of the Bedchamber to George III. They had three children together.

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 77, ii/iii, Hamilton 132, ii/ii, O'Donoghue 1

Condition: Some loss of margin to top and bottom edge, small tear to inscriptions space. Framed in an an antique frame.
Framing framed
Price £500.00
Stock ID 46856

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