|Artist||John Jones after Sir Joshua Reynolds|
|Published||London Published according to Act March 23, 1784, by John Jones, No. 63 Great Portland Street|
|Dimensions||Image 333 x 276 mm, Plate 376 x 277 mm, Sheet 383 x 283 mm|
A rare half length portrait after of Frances Kemble, after Sir Joshua Reynolds (Mannings 1027). Kemble is seated looking downwards, and slightly to the left. Her hair is piled on her head, and she wears a ribbon around her neck, a white shoulder wrap and a black dress. A mountainous landscape is present behind. The engraved inscription space, which is lightly ground, shows two putti holding a scroll, inscribed with the sitter's name, surrounded by clouds.
Frances Anne "Fanny" Kemble (27 November 1809 – 15 January 1893) was a British actress from a theatre family. She was a well-known and popular writer, whose published works included plays, poetry, eleven volumes of memoirs, travel writing and works about the theatre.
John Jones ( c. 1745 - 1797) was a British engraver in mezzotint and stipple, and a publisher.
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 42, Hamilton 112 (a) ii/iii, O'Donoghue 3, Russell ii/ii Lennox-Boyd ii/iv
Condition: Trimmed close to plate mark. Scratch to mezzotint surface towards lower centre, but otherwise, a very good impression.