|Artist||Francesco Bartolozzi after Angelica Kauffman|
|Published||London Published as the Act directs May 1 1784 by S. Watts, N. 50 opposite old Round Court Strand|
|Dimensions||Image 342 x 433 mm, Plate 448 x 500 mm, Sheet 501 x 567 mm|
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Set within the centre of the oval is Venus, partially nude, seated upon a balcony, with grand, classical columns behind. Cupid raises a string of pearls to Venus, whilst she gently strokes his face. Surrounding Venus are the Three Graces; one tresses her hair, another brings a scarf, and the third carries a basket of flowers. Upon the floor, various treasures surround the figures; a chest with cloths and pearls, flowers, a garland, a bow and quiver, and a large, ornate vase.
English and French publication lines.
Printer's name given; J Acoulon.
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.
Calabi & De Vesme 1928 499 undescribed
Condition: Split to lower right corner of plate mark, and some discolouration to sheet.