|Artist||Francesco Bartolozzi after Sir Joshua Reynolds|
|Published||Publish'd Feby. 20th. 1787, by W. Dickinson, New Bond Street|
|Dimensions||Image 207 x 175 mm, Sheet 271 x 225 mm|
A portrait of young girl after Reynolds (Mannings 2087). In three-quarter length, she is seated facing front holding a kitten in her hands and smiling. She is wearing broad-brimmed straw hat with ribbon and dark shawl over white dress. There is a curtain in the background on left and a landscape beyond on right . All with title and artist names below accompanied y a vers by Dryen: "Indulge her Childhood, and the Nursling spare."
Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1815) was an Italian engraver. The son of a goldsmith, Bartolozzi studied painting in Florence, trained as an engraver in Venice and began his career in Rome. In 1763 Richard Dalton, art dealer and librarian to George III, met him and invited him to London, promising him a post as engraver to the king. Bartolozzi moved to London the following year, and remained for thirty-five years. He executed numerous engravings for the King. He also made many engravings of paintings by Italian masters and by his friend, the painter Giovanni Cipriani. In 1768 Bartolozzi was the only engraver to become a founder member of the Royal Academy of Arts. He moved to Lisbon in 1802 as director of the National Academy.
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.
Calabi & De Vesme 1928 1239.IV
Hamilton 1884 p.148
Ex. Col: Marino Bovi. Collector's mark on verso. L. 287
Condition: Trimmed within the plate. Publication line trimmed off. Diagonal crease lower left and surface dame upper left corner not affecting the image. Overall surface toning.