|Artist||Edward Fisher after Sir Joshua Reynolds|
|Published||Engrav'd & Sold by E. Fisher, at the Golden Head in Leicester Fields [n.d. c. 1765-85]|
|Dimensions||Image 493 x 354 mm, Plate 503 x 354 mm, Sheet 528 x 375 mm|
Portrait of Elizabeth, Lady Lee, after Sir Joshua Reynolds (Mannings 1095). The whole-length portrait depicts Elizabeth seated within a garden, with her gaze towards the viewer. She wears a voluminous dress, and her ermine cloak is thrown over a stone slab to her left.
Elizabeth, Lady Lee (1739 - 1811) was a British painter. She was the daughter of Simon Harcourt, 1st Viscount Harcourt, and married Sir William Lee.
SSir 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.
Edward Fisher (1722- c. 1782) was born in Dublin, moving to London in 1758 where he worked in the studio of engraver James McArdell. The following year he was selected by Sir Joshua Reynolds to produce a mezzotint engraving of his portrait of Augustus Keppel. Fisher went on to engrave nearly thirty more of Reynold's paintings. A member of the Society of Artists, throughout the 1760s and 1770s Fisher regularly exhibited engraved portraits after a number of painters.
Chaloner Smith 37 ii/iii, Hamilton 114 ii/iii, Welcome Trust 33/1
Condition: Good impression, diagonal creases upper and lower left corners. Some creasing upper right due to paper thinning.