The Schindlerin

Method Mezzotint
Artist John Raphael Smith after Sir Joshua Reynolds
Published Publish'd 20th Jany. 1777 by J. Boydell Engraver in Cheapside London.
Dimensions Image 333 x 274 mm, Plate 380 x 275 mm, Sheet 393 x 285 mm
Notes Portrait of Catherine Schindlerin after Sir Joshua Reynolds (Mannings 1578). Set within an oval, the half-length portrait portrays Catherine with her head tilted to the left, and her gaze set to the right. Her hands are placed in a muff, and she wears a lace cap which is tied beneath her chin.

Catherine Schindlerin ( fl.c. 1770s) was a German actress and singer, first appearing in London in 1775.

John Raphael Smith (1751 - 1812) was an English painter, printmaker and publisher. After abandoning a career in linen drapery, Smith became one of the leading printmakers of the day. He excelled in mezzotint, and produced numerous plates after portraits by Gainsborough, Reynolds, and Romney. In adition to his reproductive work, he was also a highly successful publisher and seller of prints, and exported a large number of material to France. However, the outbreak of the Napoleonic Wars in 1803 destoyed this market, and Smith announced his retirement from printmaking in order to produce pastel portraits of his own up until his death in 1812.

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.

Chaloner Smith 147 intermediate state not recorded between i/iii and ii/iii inscription, title and publication line in scratched letters, Frankau 306 , D'Oench 88, Hamilton 130, O'Donghue 1

Condition:Crease in upper left hand corner
Framing unmounted
Price £350.00
Stock ID 40028