|Artist||Charles Corbutt (Richard Purcell) after Sir Joshua Reynolds|
|Published||Printed for Robt. Sayer at the Golden Buck; near Serjeants Inn Fleet Street. [c.1755]|
|Dimensions||Image 135 x 111 mm, Plate 152 x 112 mm, Sheet 168 x 131 mm|
Half-length portrait of Miss Muse, or Meux, after a painting by Reynolds (Mannings 1246). Facing to the the left almost in profile, she wears a flounced dress, a flat hat, and pearls around her neck. Miss Muse remains an unidentified sitter.
Charles Corbutt was a pseudonym used by the Irish engraver Richard Purcell when plagiarising the work of others, usually for the publisher Robert Sayer.
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 2, Chaloner Smith 58, Hamilton p.121, Lennox-Boyd i/i
Condition: Light pressed crease running right down side of sheet, graingerised.