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GENERAL LIBRARY, BERKELEY
ENGRAVINGS IN

MEZZOTINT
BY
SYDNEY ERNEST WILSON

WITH NOTES BY
W. ROBERTS

PUBLISHED BY

MESSRS, VICARS BROTHERS.
12 OLD BOND STREET
LONDON, W.
AMERICAN AGENTS:
MESSRS, ARTHUR ACKERMANN & SON,
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ENGRAVED ) PRINTED BY
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SYDNEY ERNEST WILSON.
I HIS eminent mezzotint engraver, was born at Isleworth,

; Middlesex, in 1869. He was educated at Margate and
Hereford. Whilst still a child, he astonished his parents

by the wonderful facility with which he drew any natural object
that attracted his attention. His father, delighted with this

evidence of his son's abnormal artistic endowments, consulted
Mr. Henry Graves, the well-known publisher, of Pall Mall, who
advised his being apprenticed as an engraver to Mr. A. C. Alais.
Not being satisfied with this opinion, he consulted other pub-
lishers, and was strongly advised to apprentice his son to Mr.
Joseph B. Pratt, then one of the most promising mezzotinters.
This was done, and he entered Mr. Pratt's studio at the age of
fifteen. After serving his full time, he remained as assistant to
Mr. Pratt for seventeen years. This proved a valuable training
for the young engraver, as he worked with his master upon the

finest plates of the day and to this must be attributed the full
,-

development of the powers which have placed Mr. Wilson in the
front rank of his contemporaries.

Wishing, at this period, to work independently, and to assert
his personality as an artist, he, for over a year, endeavoured to
obtain a commission, but without success. Eventually, as a last

resource, he called upon Messrs. Vicars Brothers, of Old Bond
Street,who did their best to help him. Not then being publishers
themselves, they sent him with strong letters of recommendation
no result,- though
to three of the leading publishing firms, but with
two of these had previously expressed to Messrs. Vicars
firms
their willingness to commission him. Mr. Wilson naturally re-
turned to Messrs. Vicars very disheartened and they, sympathis- ,-

ing with him in his difficulty, gave him a commission to engrave
"Lady Hamilton as Nature," after Geo. Romney. When
published, this plate was a phenomenal success ,-
the whole issue
of proofs in colour being sold in one day to the London trade.
An agreement for a number of years was then arranged with
Messrs. Vicars, and for them he has worked exclusively, executing
the following fine plates without a single failure :

"LADY SMYTH AND CHILDREN" .. Sir J. Reynolds, P.R.A.

"LADY HAMILTON AS A BACCHANTE," Do.

"NINA" .. .. .. .. .. J. B. Greuze.

CANNING AND CHILD"
"MRS. .. .. Geo. Romney.
"MADAME LE BRUN AND CHILD" .. Madame Le Brun.
"MASTER HARE" .. .. : .. Sir J. Reynolds, P.R.A.

"MISS CROKER" .. .. .. .. Sir T. Lawrence, P.R.A.

"LADY PEEL" Do.

"MRS. MUSTERS" Geo. Romney.
"THE HON'BLE MRS. BERESFORD" .. Do.

"THE LADIES WALDEGRAVE" .. .. Sir J. Reynolds, P.R.A.

"LADY HAMILTON AS CIRCE" .. .. Geo. Romney.

Mr. Wilson has exhibited works at the Royal Academy, the
New Gallery, the Liverpool Walker Art Gallery, Oldham
Corporation Gallery, etc., etc.

He has nowhand the reproduction of some most notable
in

pictures, amongst which may be mentioned: "The Duchess of
Devonshire," by Thomas Gainsborough, R. A. (the stolen picture)
"Lady Taylor," by Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A. ,-
and "Miranda,"
by John Hoppner, R.A.
The great feature in the art-publishing world undoubtedly
has been the advent of the modern colour proof, which has
created a demand which has increased with the supply. This is

only to be explained, so far as Messrs. Vicars are concerned, by
the very high standard of excellence reached and maintained by
Mr. Wilson, whose efforts have brought the most beautiful works
of art into the homes of all people of artistic sensibilities.
"LADY HAMILTON AS NATURE."
By George Romney.
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For biographical notes o/ Lady Hamilton see Lady Hamilton
as a Bacchante" by Sir Joshua Reynolds.

This is the first and one of the most beautiful of the many
portraits painted of Lady Hamilton by Romney. It is 29 x 24
inches, and was painted in 1782 for C. F. Greville under whose
protection Emma Hart <or Lyon) was then living. It was

bought at Sir William Hamilton's sale by Mr. Lister Parker,
who sold it afterwards for 50 guineas in 1816 or 1818 to

Mr. Fawkes of Farnley, whose descendant still has, or had, the

receipt. It was exhibited at the British Institution in 1864, at

the Old Masters 1886 and at the Grafton Gallery in 1900,-
in

after the last exhibition it was sold by Mr. Fawkes, and found

its way into the collection of M. Cronier the Paris sugar-refiner,

and from thence into that of Mr. H. C. Frick, of New York,
who owns three other fine Romneys, including the beautiful

group of the Countess of Warwick and Children.
It was engraved by J. R. Smith in May 1784 and pub-
lished with the following lines :

"Ftush'd by the spirit of the genial year
Her lips blush deeper sweets, the breath of Youth,
The shining moisture swells into her eyes
In brighter glow, her wishing bosom heaves
With palpitations wild."

Another beautiful mezzotint was done by Henry Meyer. A
fineopen letter proof from this plate realized 470 guineas in

1899.

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By Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A.

Charlotte Sophia, daughter of Sir Francis Blake Delaval,-
married 20th September, 1776, Sir Robert Smyth, Bart., of
Upton, Essex, and M.P. for Colchester/ died 4th February,
1823, and buried at Versailles.
Except that one of the two girls in the picture married in
Paris in 1803, Lambton, son of the Rev. Charles Este, nothing
seems to be known concerning them. The boy in the picture,
George Henry, was born 30th January, 1784, succeeded his
father as fourth baronet 12th April, 1802,- married 20th July,
1815, Miss Elmore of Penton, Co. Hants,- M.P. for Colchester
1826-30 and 1835-50,- died s.p. legit, llth July, 1852,-
the estates went to the children of his illegitimate daughter
Charlotte, who married Thomas White of Dobbins, Essex.
Painted in 1787 (55 x 43 inches), the picture was exhibited
at the Royal Academy in 1787, and at the British Institution

in 1817 by Sir G, H. Smith,- it remained in the family until

T. G. White's sale 1870, when it realized
at Christie's in

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,-

the Old Masters of 1882, and again appeared at Christie's in
the Duchess of Montrose sale 4th May, 1895, then realizing
4800 guineas. After passing through several hands it was
ultimately purchased by Mr. C. Huntingdon of New york.
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It is undoubtedly one of Reynolds's most beautiful groups.

Engraved in stipple in 1789 by F. Bartolozzi,- in its

coloured state long formed one of the most popular
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prints with collectors, a fine example being worth about 200.

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"NINA."
By J. B. Greuze.

The original picture is in the possession of the Earl of Dudley
and hangs in his town residence in Carlton Gardens/ it is

apparently identical with the work described in Smith's
"
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Smith Owen, at Condover in 18Z7. It has only once before
been engraved, in 1876, when a line engraving on a small
size (i.e. 10 x 8}> was executed by F. J. Joubert for Mrs.
Noseda. It is one of Greuze's most attractive heads and
ranks equally with any of those in the Wallace Collection and
in the Louvre. Greuze's reputation to-day chiefly rests on his
single heads and figures of young children and of girlhood just

budding into womanhood, in all of which simplicity is blended
with a voluptuous grace unexcelled by any other artist,

French or foreign. Very little is known of the history of the

picture, which is one of the several examples of Greuze ac-

quired by one of the greatest collectors of modern times, the
late Earl of Dudley, whose splendid gallery of Old Masters

(chiefly Italian and Dutch) when dispersed at Christie's in

1892 showed a total of 101,000.

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"LADY HAMILTON AS A BACCHANTE."
By Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A.

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Emma ,
Hart <or Lyon) was one of the most remarkable of the
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many famous and beautiful women of the latter half of the
eighteenth century. Born of very humble parentageher father
was a blacksmith in or about 1761, and beginning life as a
nursery maid, she attracted the notice of Sir Harry Fetherstone-
haugh and the Hon. C. F. Greville/ she married on 6th Septem-
ber, 1791, Sir William Hamilton the famous Connoisseur and
English Ambassador at Naples. She became the intimate
friend of Marie Caroline, Queen of Ferdinand I, and rendered
eminent services to the British Fleet during 17968, in fur-
nishing information and in procuring supplies she met Nelson :

in 1793, and this friendship was maintained up to the time of
his death. By him she had a daughter who was born in
1801 and who lived until 1881. Nelson left a clause in his
will suggesting that the country for whom he had fought and
died should provide for Lady Hamilton, but the request was

ignored, and she died in poverty at Calais 15th January, 1815.
Romney painted an extraordinary number of portraits of
Lady Hamilton and she sat to nearly every other eminent
portrait painter of the day.
This portrait <of which there are many replicas and copies)
was painted by Reynolds in 1784 for Sir William Hamilton who
paid 50 guineas for it. It was exhibited at the Royal
Academy
of 1784 as "A Bacchante." It was bought at Sir William
Hamilton's sale in 1801 for 125 guineas by Mr. Chamberlayne,
and remained in his family until quite recently. Lord Launder-
dale's version of this picture was engraved by J. R. Smith in

1784, and examples of this, originally published at about 15/-
now realize several hundred pounds if in fine condition and

early state. It has been reproduced more frequently than almost

any other picture of Reynolds.
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iMADAME VIGEE LE BRUN AND CHILD."
By Herself.

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Marie Louise Elizabeth Vigee, the daughter of a portrait painter,
was born in Paris in 1755, and began painting portraits at the age
of 15 / in 1776 she married J. P. Pierre Le Brun, the picture
dealer and artist, and three years later she painted the first of at
least twenty-five portraits of Marie Antoinette, with whom she
was on intimate terms of friendship. Elected to the Academy of
Fine Arts she regularly exhibited at the Salon from 1783 <her
dozen or more pictures of this year including a portrait of
herself and one of her child)/ in 1789 she visited Bologna,

Rome, Naples, Florence, Vienna, and St. Petersburg^, painting
a largenumber of pictures, chiefly portraits. She returned to
France in 1801, and the next year visited England where

she remained three years / after visiting other countries she
settled in Paris about 1815, and remained there till her death

in 1842. Her "Souvenirs" form very interesting reading. Her
daughter, born about 1778, married during her mother's resi-
dence in St. Petersburg a M. Nigris, and died in 1819.

This picture was exhibited at the Salon of 1787,- it was
soldby her during the early stages of the Revolution to M. de
Laborde with her portrait of Hubert Rubert for 1 8,000 francs,
but the bargain was not consummated and the pictures were
returned to the artist, who retained them till her death and be-

queathed them to the Louvre.
Painted at Vig*e Le Brun's best period this group ranks

among her highest achievements / it has been engraved and
reproduced times out of number and is one of the most popular
pictures in the world.

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CANNING <> CHILD."
By George Romney.

Mehatabel, daughter of Robert Patrick of Somerville, Dublin/
married about 1775, Stratford Canning, third son of Lieut. -Col.
Stratford Canning of Garvagh / disinherited by his father he set-
tled in London and became a partner in the merchant and banking
firm of French, Burroughs ^2) Co./ he died in 1787, and his
widow on the business at 10, Clement's Lane, London,
carried
until her son could take it up. Mrs. Canning ("her beauty and
character are alike luminous in Romney's delightful picture,"
Lane-Poole's "Life" of her son) survived her husband nearly
half a century, and died in July, 1831. Her fourth son was the
famous diplomatist, Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe.

The child in the picture, Elizabeth, the only daughter, was
born 4th February, 1777/ married in 1805 George Henry
Barnett, Esq., of Glympton Park, Oxon / died at Putney 17th
December, 1838.
The picture <49in. by 39in.) was painted between 1778-
82, the artist receiving 50 guineas for it. It remained at Frant

Court, Tunbridge Wells, until about 1900, when it was sold

by the Hon. Miss Canning, Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe's

daughter. It now belongs to Lord Leith of Fyvie.
"
Reproduced in Lane-Poole's Life of Stratford de Redcliffe,"

1888,- and Ward '> Roberts's "Romney," 1904.

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"MASTER HARE."
By Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A.

Francis George, eldest son of Francis Hare, or Hare-Naylor, of
Herstmonceux Castle, a friend of Charles James Fox <by his
firstwife Georgiana Shipley) born 6th January, 1786,- married
,-

29th April, 1828, Annie Frances, daughter of Sir John Dean
Paul,- died in 1842.
This picture <29in. by 24in.) was painted in 1788-9 for Lady

Jones, (nee Anna Maria Shipley) wife of Sir William Jones
{Master Hare's aunt), and was successively the property of her
only surviving sister, Miss Shipley, Marcus Theodore Hare,
Julius Charles Hare, and Augustus J. C. Hare, the well-known
voluminous author. It was lent to the British Institution in 1 845
<when was in the keeping of Sir J. Dean
it Paul), and at the Old
Masters in 1872 by Mr. A. J. C. Hare. In 1869 it was the
subject of a law suit in Westminster Hall. It was acquired by
Baron Alphonse de Rothschild and by him bequeathed to the
Louvre. There are several versions of the picture, one of which
was sold at Christie's in 1872 for 2,300 guineas.
It was first engraved by R. Thew in 1790 and published
"
under the title of Infancy," and by S. W. Reynolds, circa 1820
in both instances on a very small scale.

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"LADY PEEL."
By Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A.

Julia, daughter of General Sir John Floyd, Bart., married 8th June,
1820, Sir Robert Peel, the eminent statesman who was twice
Prime Minister,- died 27th October, 1859.
This portrait <365n. by 28in.) and that of Miss Croker justly
rank as the two masterpieces of Lawrence's later career, and both
are now owned by American millionaires. This portrait was
"
exhibited at the Royal Academy of 1825 as "Mrs. Peel <the
first Sir Robert Peel lived until 1830), and has been happily
" "
described as a superb specimen of the artist's skill ,-
it was
designed as a pendant to the famous chapeau de poil by Rubens
in the Peel Collection at the National Gallery. Next to George
IV. Sir Robert Peel was Lawrence's best patron, he having painted
fourteen portraits for the great statesman. The portrait of Mrs.
Peel was twice lent to the British Institution <in 1830 and 1847),
and to the Victorian Exhibition at the New Gallery in 1891.
The declining fortunes of the Peel family led to the disposal of the
Peel heirlooms in 1900,- this was one of the many family por-
traits not included in the sale, but in 1901 it found its way to
Paris and thence to the United States. It is now the property

of Mr. II. C. Frick, of New York. .

It was engraved by Samuel Cousins in 1832,- by W. Giller
in 1836,- by Charles Heath, and has been reproduced times out
of number.

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"MISS CROKER."
By Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A.

Rosamond Hester Elizabeth, twenty-first child of William Pennell,
and adopted daughter of the Right Hon. John Wilson Croker, by
whose name she was generally known / born 5th January, 1810 /
married 23rd July 1832, George Barrow, who succeeded his
father as second baronet of Ulverstone in 1848,- died 9th
January, 1906, probably the last surviving sitter to Lawrence.
As a child Miss Croker was a great favourite of George IV., who
"
always called her by her pet name of Nonny." B. R. Haydon
" "
described the head as the finest example in the world in that it
"
caught the fleeting beauties of a face to the exact point."
This picture <36in. by 24in.) was painted for J. W. Croker,
and was exhibited at the
Academy 1827/ it was lent to
Royal of
the Manchester Art Treasures of 1 857, and when next it appeared
at a public exhibition the Old Masters of 1895it had passed
into Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan's splendid collection , Mr. Morgan
lent it to Paris in1900, and to Birmingham in 1903.
It formed the subject of one of Samuel Cousins's most
masterly mezzotints, 1828 / was again engraved by H. T. Green-
head 1898, and ranks amongst the most frequently reproduced
in

of Lawrence's pictures. The Bishop of Truro's proof of Cousins's

engraving realised 86 guineas in 1905.

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"MRS. MUSTERS."
By George Romney.

Sophia Catherine, daughter of James Modyford Heywood, of
Maristowe, Devon/ born in 1758/ married in 1776 {marriage
settlement dated 19-20 July)John Musters, of Colwick/ died
inSeptember, 1819. This beautiful woman, described by Miss
Burney as "the reigning toast of the day," was bed-chamber
woman to Queen Charlotte, and her portrait was painted not
only by Romney but also by Reynolds and by Hoppner.
This beautiful picture <30in. by 25in.) was painted 1779-
80, the artist's price being 18 guineas. A replica was done
by Romney, but this has not been traced, unless it is identical

with lot 3 in the Romney sale of 1807, which was purchased
by a Mr. Stowen for 1 10s., and was presumably an unfinished
work, perhaps only a sketch. The original picture was lent to
the Old Masters in 1885 by Mr. J. C. Musters, and is still we
believe in the possession of the family.
Itwas engraved in mezzotint by James Walker and pub-
lished in November, 1780. In the middle of the last century

the market price of this mezzotint was about three shillings,-
in July last a fine example of the very rare first state realised
760 guineas at Christie's, which was probably more than
Romney's whole income in the year in which he painted the
portrait of "the most beautiful but most unhappy" Mrs. Musters.

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THE HON. MRS. BERESFORD/
By George Romney.

Barbara, second daughter of Sir William Montgomery, Bart.,
of Magbie Hill, Co. Peebles/ married 4th June, 1774, as his

second wife, the Hon. John Beresford, brother of the first

Marquess of Waterford,- died in December, 1788. This
lady is one of the three beautiful sisters painted in 1773 by
Sir Joshua Reynolds as "The Graces decorating a terminal
"
figure of Hymen now in the National Gallery.
Painted in 1779, <30x25> apparently was not
this picture

claimedor, at all events was not paid foruntil 1785, when
Romney's price for a portrait of this size was raised from 1 8

guineas to 25 guineas. If remained in the possession of the

family until 1895, when it was sold at Christie's
13th July,
for 1650 guineas, the late Mr. Charles Wertheimer being the

purchaser. There are several other portraits, by or ascribed to
Romney, of this lady.

Engraved in mezzotint by John Jones, February, 1788,- a
fine impression of which now runs well into three figures.
An interesting account of the career of this lady will be
found in Gerard's "Some Celebrated Irish Beauties," 1895.

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"THE LADIES WALDEGRAVE."
By Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A.

The three beautiful daughters of James, second Earl Waldegrave.
The eldest, Elizabeth Laura, the lady in the centre, was born 24th
March, 1760, married 5th May, 1782, her cousin George, Lord
Chewton, afterwards fourth Earl Waldegrave, and died 29th
January, 1816. Her sister on her right, Charlotte Maria, born
1 1th October, 1761, married 16th November, 1 784, the Earl of

Euston, afterwards fourth Duke of Graft on, died 1st February,
1808. The third, working at the tambour, is Anna Horatia, born
8th November, 1762, married 2nd April, 1786, Admiral Lord
Hugh Seymour, died 1st September, 1801.
This picture <67in. by 56in. oblong) is one Reynolds's master-
pieces, and was painted in 1780-1 for Horace Walpole, who
paid 300 guineas for it. It was in the Academy of 1781, and

the extracts from contemporary criticisms quoted in Graves and
" "
Cronin's Reynolds give some idea as to the enthusiasm in
which it was received. The picture remained at Strawberry Hill
<Horace Walpole' s famous residence) until the sale in 1842,
when it <with the table seen in the picture) was bought by Earl
Waldegrave for 550 guineas / his widow left it to her fourth
husband, Lord Carlingford, who lent itGrosvenor Gallery,
to the
1884, and who sold it through Messrs. Agnew to Mr. D.
Thwaites, in whose family it now is.

It has frequently been engraved, first by V. Green in 1781 ,-

by J. Brown, 1858,- by R. B. Parkes, 1863,- by G. S. Shury,
1875 ,-
and by Emil Wehrschmidt, 1895. There are four states
of V. Green's engraving, examples of which in recent years have
sold for as much as 560 guineas, or nearly double the amount
Walpole paid for the original picture.

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LADY HAMILTON AS 'CIRCE.'"
By George Romney.
"
For biographical details see Lady Hamilton as A Bacchante
by Sir Joshua Reynolds.

This is one of the earliest of Romney's pictures of Lady Ham-
ilton in fancy character. It is a whole length <94x58> and

remained in Romney's studio till his death. At his sale 27th
April, 1807, it was lot 100 and was knocked down to an
unknown purchaser at 14^ guineas. The new owner was
Romney's friend, William Long, the eminent surgeon, a younger
son of Walter Long of Preshaw. It remained in the Long
family until 28th June, 1890, when a number of pictures,
includingmany Romneys were sold at Christie's,- this portrait
was bought for 3850 guineas by the Hon. Herbert C. Gibbs,
who lent it to the Guildhall Exhibition in 1892, and to the
Romney Exhibition, Grafton Gallery in the Spring of 1900.
" " "
Hayley in his Life of the artist refers to the very power-
ful impression made by this picture on a party who surveyed

it." Gilpin was to have painted the brutes which the enchan-
had metamorphosed, but did not.
tress

There are no old engravings of this wonderful picture, but
two by modern engravers have been published. The picture,
more especially the upper portion, is well-known from the very
numerous reproductions which have been done of it through
photographic processes.

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MRS. ANGELO TAYLOR AS 'MIRANDA.'
John Hoppner, R.A.

Frances Anne, daughter of the Rev. Sir Henry Vane, Bart.,

married 7th
August, 1789, the Right lion. Michael Angelo
Taylor, M.P., the eminent politician whose name figures largely
in the political and other memoirs of the period,- died 14th

January, 1835, atCombe House, Surrey. Her niece, Frances
Ann, married in 1819 Charles, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry,
when the picture probably passed into the possession of that
family.
"
Exhibited at the Royal of
796, as the Portrait
Academy 1

of a Lady," this splendid whole length <96in. by 58in.) was not

again seen in public for close on a century, and its appearance
at the Fair Women Exhibition at the Grafton Gallery con-
tributed more than anything else to establish Hoppner's greatness
"
as one of the first masters of the Early English School. Its

beauty, its grace, its freedom, its charm, are unmistakable,"
wrote the late William Sharp, and no one who has seen the
original will dispute this verdict.
It was engraved in mezzotint by James <and not, as some-
times stated, by William) Ward, probably as a private plate,
for no example other than unlettered proofs and these are
exceptionally rare have ever been found. Even the identity
of the lady in Ward's engraving was unknown until 1890.
In April, 1911, a fine impression realised 700 guineas at
auction.

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ELIZABETH, LADY TAYLOR."
By Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A.

Elizabeth Gooden, daughter and co-heir of Philip Houghton, of

Jamaica/ married 17th December, 1778, John Taylor, F.R.S., of
Lysson Hall, who was created a baronet in 1778 <and died at
Kingston, Jamaica, in May of the same year, aged 41),- date of
death unknown.
This portrait <50in. by 40in.), which has never been exhibited
in public, was painted circa 1781-2/ in January, 1785, Sir
1 50
Joshua received guineas for three portraits of Sir J. Taylor,
Lady Taylor, and Mr. Graham. It is probable that all three were
done for the last named, for William Dickinson's fine mezzotint,
1783, expressly states that it was "from the original picture in

the possession of Robert Graham, Esq., of Gartmore." Her
husband was painted by Reynolds in the later group of the
Dilletanti about 1778. Another portrait of this lady was at one
time in the Maurice Kann collection, Paris, and now belongs to
Mr. H. C. Frick, of York. New
The picture engraved by Dickinson was sold at Phillips's in
1835 for 160 guineas, and is now in Lord Leconfield's collection
at Petworth, being No. 148 in the catalogue. As a curious and

striking illustration of the progressive strides in the value of fine

engravings, it may be mentioned that this of Elizabeth, Lady
Taylor, which used to sell at auction in the sixties and seventies
of the lastcentury for from 4 up to about 12 is now worth
at least 200.

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"LADy SHEFFIELD."
By Thomas Gainsborough, R.A.

Sophia Charlotte, daughter of the Very Rev. William Dig-by, Dean
of Durham/ bom 5th May, 1767,- married 3rd April, 1784,
Sir John Sheffield, Bart., of Normanby/ died 15th December,
:

1835.
The whole by 60in.) of which the head and
length <91in.
shoulders only are engraved by Mr. S. E. Wilson, is one of the

many fine Gainsborough's which remained unknown for nearly
a century after they were painted. This portrait was lent to
the British Institution in 1864/ and was one of the many attrac-
tions of the exhibition of this artist's works at the Grosvenor
Gallery in 1885. It was then lent by Sir Robert Sheffield, and
soon after the closing of the exhibition it was sold to Mr. A.
Wertheimer, and is now the property of Miss Alice de Rothschild.

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painted in pre-photographic days, at about the time of her
" "
marriage, whilst the scheme of the picture is very similar to
that of the famous Duchess of Devonshire, also by Gainsborough.
There are two other versions of the picture, a replica <27in. by
18<1 in.) on a small scale which was in the collection of the late

M. R. Kann, of Paris, and another <30in. by 23in> in Mr. George
Hearn's collection, in New york.

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THE DUCHESS OF DEVONSHIRE."
By Thomas Gainsborough, R.A.

Georgiana, eldest child of John, first Earl Spencer, by Georgiana,
daughter of Stephen Poyntz, of Midgeham, Berks. born 7th June,
,-

1757,- married 5th June, 1774, as his first wife, William, fifth
Duke of Devonshire,- died 30th March, 1806.
This picture <43in. by 32in.) justly ranks as one of the most
famous of the world's masterpieces,- indeed, until the theft of
" "
Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa from the Louvre in August,
1911, probably the portrait of the Duchess had been more
written about than any other picture in existence. Its history is
" "
detailed fully in the privately printed Catalogue Raisonm* of
Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan. Of the beautiful Duchess and of the
part she played in the political and social history of England
during the latter part of the 1 8th Century it is not necessary to
speak, for the story of her life has formed the subject of count-
less articles.

The history of the picture may be briefly told. Nothing is
known of it from the time it left Gainsborough's studio until
September, 1841, when Mr. John Bentley, a picture dealer, bought
it of Mrs. Magennis for about 56. Bentley sold it to Mr.
Wynn well-known collector, and at his sale at Christie's,
Ellis, a
6th May, 1876, it was bought by Messrs. Agnew for 10,100
guineas. On the night of 26th May the picture was cut away
from the stretching frame in Messrs. Agnew's galleries in Bond
Street, and, in spite of a hue and cry all over the world, it

remained hidden until April, 1901, when Mr. Morland Agnew
was handed the picture in New
York through the intermediary of
Messrs. Pinkerton's Detective Agency, and reached England
with it on 8th April. The picture was absolutely undamaged,
and at Messrs. Agnew's Exhibition in November-December,
1901, it attracted many thousands of visitors. In the interval it
had been acquired by Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan. The man who
stole the picture, Adam
Worth, died in a house near Regents Park,

London, on 8th January, 1902.
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"THE HON. MRS. GRAHAM."
By Thomas Gainsborough, R.A.

Mary, second daughter of Charles, ninth Lord Cathcart,- born
1st March, 1757,- married 26th December, 1774, Lieut. -General

Sir Thomas Graham (afterwards Baron Lynedoch, a distinguished

officer in the Peninsular War)/ died 26th June, 1792.
This whole-length portrait <93in. by 60in.> was painted by

Gainsborough in 1 775-6,- after her death her husband had this
portrait and a smaller one of her, also by Gainsborough, placed
in a case, which remained undisturbed in a London warehouse

until after Lord Lynedoch's death 50 years afterwards, when the
case was opened by his heir, Mr. Graham, of Redgerton. It was

lent to the British Institution in 1848, and to the Art Treasures at

Manchester, 1857,- two years later it was bequeathed by Mr.
Robert Graham to the National Gallery of Scotland on the con-
dition that it should never leave Scotland. The smaller portrait
above referred to, is now at Cultoquhey, Perthshire, and is con-
sidered to be a sketch or study for the whole-length.
was etched by Flameng f has been
Since it first ) Waltner, it

" "
engraved and etched and reproduced by various processes till

it has become familiar to all interested in the art of Gainsborough.
" Mr. Greig in his volume on Gainsborough,
In colour," writes
"
seems a compound of rose leaves, morning sky, and the pearl
it

of sun-warmed dew," and there can be no doubt it ranks high

among Gainsborough's dozen greatest works.

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"MRS. HALLETT,"
By Thomas Gainsborough, R.A.

Elizabeth, only daughter of Mr. Stephen, a wealthy surgeon
of Breakspear, Middlesex/ married 30th August, 1785, at
Whitchurch, near Edgware, William Hallett, Esq., of Canons,
Middlesex,- died 16th April, 1833. Her husband was born in
June, 1764, succeeded his grandfather at Canons in 1781,
1786), and died at Candys, near South-
<he sold the estate in
ampton, 21st November, 1842.
The group <93 x 70) of Mr. <) Mrs. Hallett from which
Mr. Wilson has engraved the head and shoulders of Mrs.
"
Hallett, is declared by Sir Walter Armstrong to be the finest

picture painted in the eighteenth century." It is referred to in

a newspaper dated 28th March, 1786, as "painted a few
months since . . . arm-in-arm in a nouvelle style," and the tradition

is that Mr. '3D Mrs. Hallett sat to Gainsborough immediately
after their marriage and that his intention was to suggest their

first promenade as husband and wife. Mr. Henry Pfungst has
a charming study for this fine group.

Generally known as "The Morning Walk," this picture
was reproduced in Sir Walter Armstrong's "Gainsborough"
" "
and has for many years been familiar through various process
methods. It was lent to the Old Masters in 1885 by Sir N.

M. de Rothschild (now Lord Rothschild) and formed one of the
chief sensations of that exhibition.

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"MRS. SHERIDAN."
By Thomas Gainsborough, R.A.

Elizabeth Ann, daughter of Thomas Linley, the musical composer,
and herself celebrated as an actress and singer born 7th Sep- ,-

tember, 1754, and known in childhood as "The Maid of Bath",-
she was acknowledged to be a model of personal beauty and was
surrounded with admirers, gaining a high reputation in Bath,
London, and elsewhere for her musical abilities / eloped to France
with Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and was married at Lisle in 1 772 ,-

died in 1792.
Mrs. Sheridan was not only one of the great beauties of the
1 8th century, but she was also one of the most frequently painted.
She sat to Gainsborough with her brother, Thomas, in 1768, and
this superb work remained at Knole until February, 1911, when

it was sold for close on 40,000. The famous group of
Mrs. Sheridan and Mrs. Tickell at Dulwich Gallery is another
world-famous example by the same artist. She sat in 1775 to
Sir Joshua Reynolds for his St. Cecilia, and for the Virgin in his
"
Nativity."
The original picture is a whole-length <83in. by 58in.>, and
was exhibited at the Royal Academy of 1783 as a "Portrait of a

Lady." was engraved <before 1797) in mezzotint by the artist's
It

nephew, Gainsborough Dupont, of which only about two im-
pressions are known to exist. According to Fufcher, the picture
in 1856 belonged to Mr. E. Bouverie, of Delapre Abbey, North-
hampton, to whose father it was presented by Richard B. Sheridan.

It may possibly be identical with the portrait of Mrs. Sheridan
which realised the then high price of 3,000 guineas at the George
Grote sale at Christie's in 1872, the buyer's name being given as
"Alfred." It was lent to the Old Masters in 1886, by Lord

Rothschild, and is well-known through many reproductions.

300 Artist's Proofs printed in colours at $36 each.

No other state. PLATE TO BE DESTROYED.
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