|Richard Purcell after Henry Morland
|Image 345 x 251 mm, Sheet 350 x 255 mm
The print depicts a ballad singer; a young woman shown half-length standing directed to right, holding up a paper lantern in her right hand to light the ballad sheet in her left. Light is thrown upon her face as she looks down. The work was intended as a companion piece to Morland's 'Girl With a Candle.'
Richard Purcell (1746 - c.1768) was a printmaker who specialised in mezzotint. Famed for his piracy, Purcell employed a number of pseudonyms in order to escape prosecution for copyright infringement.
Henry Morland (1719 - 1797) was a painter of portraits and fancy pictures. He was the father of George Morland, as well as an artistic dealer, forger and restorer.
Chaloner Smith undescribed, Lennox-Boyd i/i
Condition: Trimmed to plate on left, right and top margin. Trimmed within the plate on bottom margin. Slight rubbing to image, light creases to bottom of image.