|Artist||Henry Brocas after Sir Joshua Reynolds|
|Published||Dublin: Printed by William Folds for John Jones, No. III Grafton-Street, Opposite the College. Septemebr 1792|
|Dimensions||Image 112 x 87 mm, Sheet 188 x 118 mm|
A three-quarter length portrait of Samuel Johnson, dressed in a dark suit, seated at a writing table his right arm oustreatched with a quill pen in his hand, his left hand resting on a sheet of paper on the table, an ink pot and a book to his left, after a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds. This engraving was done for the Irish publication The Sentimental and Masonic Magazine.
Henry Brocas (1762-1837) was an Irish painter, draughtsman, and engraver. He was born and worked in Dublin. Self-taught, Brocas worked in watercolours and oils as well as being a prolific engraver. His engravings appeared in several Dublin publications and he also issued some separately published prints. He also taught at Dublin Society's School of Landscape and Ornament.
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.
Not in O'Donoghue
Condition: Trimmed within the plate mark. Some light time toning.