|Published||Pubd. Jany. 16 1777 by J. Boydell Cheapside|
|Dimensions||Image and plate 275 x 193 mm, Sheet 300 x 220 mm|
A rich, scratch letter proof, impression of Josiah Boydell's mezzotint depicting a woman reading a book. The sitter, turned away from the viewer to the right, wearing a loosely wrapped turban, a stripped scarf draped over her shoulders, in a middle eastern style gown, set within an oval frame.
Josiah Boydell (1752 - 1817) was an English mezzotint engraver, print publisher, and portrait and history painter. Born in Flint in 1752, he was the nephew of Alderman John Boydell. Working in the firm from 1773, Boydell later became John's partner, and after his death, the sole proprietor of the firm. Boydell entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1769. He exhibited at the SA 1776-79. On his death in 1817 the firm was closed and much of the stock auctioned. Hurst, Robinson & Co advertised themselves as successors to Boydell.
Chaloner Smith: undescribed
Condition: Excellent impression, a diagonal crease in the upper right margin corner not affecting the image, some light wrinkling to the sheet. Framed in period frame.