|Method||Copper engraving and etching|
|Dimensions||Image 153 x 90 mm, Plate 175 x 118 mm, Sheet 196 x 142 mm|
A bust length portrait of Elizabeth Griffith, turned left but gazing at the viewer, framed in an oval. She is wearing a simple dress, and a shawl fastened atop her head with a small jewel. The books, quills, garlands and masks underneath the portrait refer to her profession as a novelist and playwright.
Elizabeth Griffith (c. 1720-1793) was an English writer, playwright and actress. She was the daughter of Thomas Griffith, who managed the Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin. She married Richard Griffith in 1746, but after he tried to launch a linen factory and failed, she supported her family through her writing, acting, and translation work.
Condition: Good impression, with minor overall time toning. Three small binding holes to left margin.