|Method||Etching and stipple|
|Artist||after Sir Joshua Reynolds|
|Published||Pub. Decr. 24. 1816. by Boydell. &Co. 90 Cheapside|
|Dimensions||Image 607 x 457 mm, Plate 647 x 474 mm, Sheet 715 x 538 mm|
A print of the stained glass window of New College ante-chapel, designed by Sir Joshua Reynolds and painted by Jervaise. The window is still there today, and depicts the nativity and the seven virtues. Jervaise and Sir Joshua Reynolds are portrayed together as the two shepherds in the second panel from the top left.
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.
John Boydell (1719 - 1804) was an English engraver, and one of the most influential print sellers of the Georgian period. At the age of twenty one, Boydell was apprenticed to the engraver William Henry Toms, and enrolled himself in the St. Martin's Lane Academy in order to study drawing. Given the funds raised by the sales of Boydell's Collection of One Hundred Views in England and Wales, 1755, he turned to the importation of foreign prints. Despite great success in this market his legacy is largely defined by The Shakespeare Gallery; a project that he initiated in 1786. In addition to the gallery, which was located in Pall Mall, Boydell released folios which illustrated the works of the Bard of Avon and were comprised of engravings after artists such as Henry Fuseli, Richard Westall, John Opie and Sir Joshua Reynolds. He is credited with changing the course of English painting by creating a market for historical and literary works. In honour of this, and his long standing dedication to civil duties, Boydell became the Mayor of London in 1790.
Condition: Good impression with wide margins. Minor overall surface dirt-build up and time toning. Repaired tears to margins.