Nature & Drunkenness

Method Stipple and crayon manner
Artist Angelo Zaffonato after George Romney and Sir Joshua Reynolds
Published [c.1790]
Dimensions Nature: Image 246 x 187 mm, Plate 345 x 238 mm, Sheet 352 x 243 mm
Drunkenness: Image 232 x 200 mm, Plate 346 x 240 mm, Sheet 354 x 248 mm
Notes A pair of rare, and beautifully executed portraits, with 'Nature' being after George Romney, and 'Drunkenness' after Sir Joshua Reynolds. The sitter for each of the portraits was Emma, Lady Hamilton.

Emma, Lady Hamilton (1765 - 1815) is best known as the mistress of Lord Nelson, and as the muse of the British portrait painter George Romney.

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.

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: Both sheets trimmed to just outside of plate mark, with a few faint spots of discolouration.
Framing unmounted
Price £600.00
Stock ID 3129