|Artist||William Russel Birch after Sir Joshua Reynolds|
|Published||Published April 1. 1792, by Wm. Birch, No. 2, Macclesfield Street Soho|
|Dimensions||Image 128 x 106 mm, Plate 204 x 160 mm, Sheet 228 x 189 mm|
A half length portrait of Mary Robinson, seated and turned to the left, leaning on a rock by the shore and gazing off into the water. She is wearing a low cut dress, fastened with a bow at her breast, her hair powdered and done up in curls.
Mary Robinson (née Darby) (c. 1756/1758-1800) was an English actress, poet, dramatist, novelist, and celebrity figure. During her lifetime she was known as "the English Sappho" and earned the nickname "Perdita" for her role as the heroine of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale in 1779. She was the mistress of George IV when he was still the Prince of Wales, and later had liaisons with Charles James Fox and Colonel Tarleton.
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.
William Russell Birch (1755 - 1834) was a British printmaker and publisher, who was also known for his enamel paintings.
O' Donoghue 12.
Condition: Overall time toning.