|Artist||Caroline Watson after George Romney|
|Published||Published as the act directs May 10. 1811, by Longman & Co: Paternoster Row|
|Dimensions||Image 81 x 67 mm oval, Sheet 184 x 133 mm|
A half length portrait of Mary Tighe, looking to left, hair long and loose over shoulders and headband. After miniature by Comerford from a painting by Romney; frontispiece to her 'Psyche'.
Mary Tighe (1772 - 1810) was an Anglo-Irish poet. In 1805 she published 'Psyche', a six-canto allegorical poem in Spenserian stanzas, which was admired by many and praised by Thomas Moore. She suffered a serious attack of tuberculosis in 1805 and survived another five years.
Caroline Watson (1760 - 1814) was British stipple engraver. She was the daughter of engraver James Watson. She acted as publisher of some of her own work and in 1785 she become 'engraver to her Majesty [Queen Charlotte]'.
George Romney (1734 - 1802) was a British portrait painter, and was the most fashionable artist of his day, painting a variety of society's leading figures. In 1762, he moved from Lancashire to London, where he remained until 1799. Confident in painting portraits as well as history paintings, Romney was a rival of Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Condition: Manuscript description across bottom of sheet, some foxing