|Artist||John Keyse Sherwin after Sir Joshua Reynolds|
|Published||London Published June 4th. 1791 by Robt. Wilkinson No. 58 Cornhill|
|Dimensions||Image 430 x 337 mm, Sheet 502 x 398 mm|
Three-quarter length portrait of Mary Isabella Manners, Duchess of Rutland, after Sir Joshua Reynolds (Mannings 1214. Shown seated and gazing off to the right, Mary Isabella holds an open book in her right hand, and rests her head upon her left hand, with her left elbow perched on a ledge. Her hair is mostly worn up, with a few tresses falling down the nape of her neck and onto her dress. The window to the right reveals a seascape.
Mary Isabella Manners (née Somerset), Duchess of Rutland (1756 - 1831) was a politician and society hostess. In 1775, she married Charles Manners, Marquess of Granby, later to become 4th Duke of Rutland.
John Keyse Sherwin (1751 - 24th September 1790) was a British engraver, etcher, and painter, best known for his plates after Poussin, Murillo, and Gainsborough. Despite his reputation as a profligate and a gambler, Sherwin was a very talented engraver, who was allegedly capable of working ambidextrously.
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.
O'Donoghue 11, Hamilton 129
Condition: Excellent impression. Trimmed with in the plate removing the publication line at bottom.