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ENGRAVINGS

MEZZOTINT
BY

IN

SYDNEY ERNEST WILSON
WITH NOTES BY

W.

ROBERTS

PUBLISHED BY

MESSRS, VICARS BROTHERS. 12 OLD BOND STREET LONDON, W.
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SYDNEY ERNEST WILSON.
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HIS eminent mezzotint
Middlesex, in 1869.
Hereford.

engraver,

was born

at Isleworth,

He was
a child,

Whilst

still

educated at Margate and he astonished his parents

by

the wonderful facility with which he
attention.

drew any natural object
delighted

that attracted his

His

father,

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

lishers,

being satisfied with this opinion, he consulted other puband 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
Eventually, as a
last

obtain a commission, but without success.
resource, he called
Street,

upon Messrs. Vicars Brothers, of Old Bond

who did their best to help him. Not then being publishers themselves, they sent him with strong letters of recommendation
to three of the leading publishing firms, but with

no result,- though had previously expressed to Messrs. Vicars their willingness to commission him. Mr. Wilson naturally returned to Messrs. Vicars very disheartened and they, sympathis-

two of

these

firms

,-

ing with him in his difficulty, gave him a commission to engrave

"Lady

Hamilton

as

Nature," after

Geo.

published, this plate

was a phenomenal success
in

When Romney. the whole issue
,-

of proofs in colour being sold

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" "LADY HAMILTON AS A BACCHANTE,"
..

Sir J. Reynolds, P.R.A.
Do.
J. B.

"NINA"
"MRS.

..

..

..

..

..

Greuze.

CANNING AND CHILD" "MADAME LE BRUN AND CHILD"
..

..

Geo.

Romney.

..

Madame Le Brun.
Sir J. Reynolds, P.R.A. Sir T. Lawrence, P.R.A.
Do.
Geo.

"MASTER HARE"
"MISS CROKER"

..

..

:

..

..

..

..

..

"LADY PEEL"
"MRS. MUSTERS"

Romney.
Do.

"THE HON'BLE MRS. BERESFORD" "THE LADIES WALDEGRAVE"
..

..

..

Sir J. Reynolds, P.R.A.
Geo.

"LADY HAMILTON AS CIRCE"

..

..

Romney.

Mr. Wilson has exhibited works

at the

New

Gallery,

the

Liverpool
etc.,

Walker

Royal Academy, the Art Gallery, Oldham

Corporation Gallery,

etc.

hand the reproduction of some most notable pictures, amongst which may be mentioned: "The Duchess of Devonshire," by Thomas Gainsborough, R. A. (the stolen picture)
has
in

He

now

"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
all

have brought the most beautiful works
people of artistic
sensibilities.

of art into the homes of

"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.

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This

is

the

first

portraits painted of

and one of the most beautiful of the many Lady Hamilton by Romney. It is 29 x 24
in

inches, and

was painted

1782

for

C. F. Greville under whose

protection

Emma
Sir
it

bought

at

It was Hart <or Lyon) was then living. William Hamilton's sale by Mr. Lister Parker,

who

sold

afterwards for

50 guineas

in

1816
still

or

1818
1864,

to

Mr. Fawkes of Farnley, whose descendant
receipt.
It

has, or had, the
at

was

exhibited at the British Institution in
in

1886 and at the Grafton Gallery in 1900,after the last exhibition it was sold by Mr. Fawkes, and found its way into the collection of M. Cronier the Paris sugar-refiner,
the

Old Masters

and from thence into that of Mr. H. C. Frick, of

New
the

York,

who owns

three

other fine

Romneys, including

beautiful

group of the Countess of Warwick and Children.
It

was engraved by
"Ftush'd by the

J.

R.
:

Smith

in

May 1784

and pub-

lished with the following lines
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
fine

beautiful mezzotint

was done by Henry Meyer.
plate

A
in

open 1899.

letter

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this

realized

470
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By
Charlotte
married
Sophia,
Sir

Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A.

daughter

of

Sir

Francis

Blake

Delaval,-

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Except that one of the two
Paris in

girls

in

the picture married 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
exhibited

Charlotte,

who

married

Thomas White
in

of Dobbins, Essex.

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at the
in

1787 (55 x 43
G, H. Smith,sale
at

inches), the picture

was

Royal

Academy
Sir

1787, and
it

at the British Institution
in

1817 by

remained
in

the family

until

T.

1870, when it realized 1 250 guineas it was lent by Mr. W. S. Stirling Crawfurd to the Old Masters of 1882, and again appeared at Christie's in the Duchess of Montrose sale 4th May, 1895, then realizing
G. White's
,-

Christie's

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is

guineas.

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through several hands
P.

it

was

ultimately purchased

by Mr. C.

undoubtedly one
in
it

Huntingdon of New york. of Reynolds's most beautiful groups.
in

Engraved
coloured state

stipple

1789 by

F.

Bartolozzi,-

in

its

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

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B. Greuze.

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Catalogue Raisonne," No. 76 as Smith Owen, at Condover in 18Z7.
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size
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line

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was executed by F. J. Joubert for Mrs. one of Greuze's most attractive heads and
in the

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in the

Wallace Collection and

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Louvre.

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grace

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ac-

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late

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Italian

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at
Christie's
in

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and Dutch) when
total of

dispersed

1892 showed a

101,000.

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"LADY HAMILTON AS A BACCHANTE."
By
Sir

Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A.
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Hart <or Lyon) was one of the most remarkable of the 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 Fetherstonehaugh and the Hon. C. F. Greville/ she married on 6th September, 1791, Sir William Hamilton the famous Connoisseur and She became the intimate English Ambassador at Naples. friend of Marie Caroline, Queen of Ferdinand I, and rendered

Emma

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eminent services to the British Fleet during 17968, in furshe met Nelson nishing information and in procuring supplies in 1793, and this friendship was maintained up to the time of
:

his

death.

By him

she

1801 and who

lived until

had a daughter 1881. Nelson

who was born
left

in

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
sat
to

number of
every

portraits

of

Lady Hamilton and she

nearly

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 It was exhibited at the Royal paid 50 guineas for it. 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 Launderdale's version of this picture was engraved by J. R. Smith in
1784, and examples of this, originally published at about 15/realize several hundred pounds if in fine condition and It has been reproduced more frequently than almost early state.

now

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iMADAME VIGEE LE BRUN AND CHILD."
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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
least twenty-five portraits of
first

of at

Marie Antoinette, with
Elected to the

whom

she
of

was on

intimate terms of friendship.

Academy

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,
a large

Rome, Naples, Florence, Vienna, and St. Petersburg^, painting number of pictures, chiefly portraits. She returned to
in 1801, and the next year visited England where remained three years / after visiting other countries she settled in Paris about 1815, and remained there till her death

France
she

in

1842.

daughter,

dence

in

Her "Souvenirs" form very interesting reading. Her born about 1778, married during her mother's resiSt. Petersburg a M. Nigris, and died in 1819.
it

This picture was exhibited at the Salon of 1787,sold

was

by 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
pictures in the world.

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CHILD."

By George Romney.

Mehatabel, daughter of Robert Patrick of Somerville, Dublin/ married about 1775, Stratford Canning, third son of Lieut. -Col.
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firm of French,

widow
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in

character are alike luminous

Romney's
1831.

delightful

picture,"

Lane-Poole's "Life" of her son) survived her husband nearly
half a century,

and died

in July,

Her

fourth son

was

the

famous diplomatist, Viscount Stratford de

Redcliffe.

The

child in the picture, Elizabeth, the only daughter,

was

born 4th February,
Barnett, Esq., of

1777/ married in 1805 George Henry Glympton Park, Oxon / died at Putney 17th
by 39in.) was painted between 1778for it. It remained at Frant
until

December, 1838.

The

picture <49in.

82, the artist receiving

50 guineas

Court, Tunbridge Wells,

about 1900, when

it

was

sold

by the Hon. Miss Canning, Viscount Stratford de It now belongs to Lord Leith of Fyvie. daughter.
Reproduced in Lane-Poole's Life of Stratford de 1888,- and Ward '> Roberts's "Romney," 1904.
"

Redcliffe's

Redcliffe,"

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"MASTER HARE."
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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

born 6th January, 1786,- married wife Georgiana Shipley) 29th April, 1828, Annie Frances, daughter of Sir John Dean Paul,- died in 1842.
first
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Jones,

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{Master Hare's aunt), and was successively the property of her only surviving sister, Miss Shipley, Marcus Theodore Hare,
Julius

Charles Hare, and Augustus
It

J.

C. Hare, the well-known
1

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was

lent to the British Institution in

845

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Paul),
In
It

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1869 it was the 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

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It

1872

for

2,300 guineas.

was

first

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in

title

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both instances on a very small scale.

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"LADY PEEL." 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
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first

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"Mrs. Peel

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1830), and has been happily
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designed as a pendant to the
fourteen portraits for the great statesman.
Peel

The

portrait of Mrs.

was twice

lent to the British Institution <in

1830 and 1847),
Gallery
in

and to the Victorian Exhibition

at the

New
the
it is

1891.

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Peel heirlooms in
traits

1900,in

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many
found

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not included

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.

1901
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to

Paris

and thence to the United
II.

now

the property

of Mr.
It

C. Frick, of

New

York.

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 in that it the finest example in the world " 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

1827/ it was lent to Academy the Manchester Art Treasures of 1 857, and when next it appeared at a public exhibition the Old Masters of 1895it had passed
at the

Royal

of

into
lent

Mr.
it

J.

Pierpont Morgan's splendid collection

,

Mr. Morgan

to Paris in

It

1900, and to Birmingham in 1903. formed the subject of one of Samuel Cousins's most

1828 / was again engraved by H. T. Green1898, and ranks amongst the most frequently reproduced of Lawrence's pictures. The Bishop of Truro's proof of Cousins's
masterly mezzotints,
in

head

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)
in

John Musters, of Colwick/ died 1819. This beautiful woman, described by Miss September, Burney as "the reigning toast of the day," was bed-chamber
to

woman

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 177980, the
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price being 18 guineas.
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sale of

identical

Romney

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.

lished in

the

was engraved in mezzotint by James Walker and pubIn the middle of the last century November, 1780. market price of this mezzotint was about three shillings,It

in July last

a

fine

760

guineas

at

Christie's,

example of the very rare first state realised 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,
Beresford,

1774, as
of
the

his
first

second wife, the Hon. John

brother

This Marquess of Waterford,- died in December, 1788. lady is one of the three beautiful sisters painted in 1773 by
Sir

Joshua Reynolds as

"The Graces
in

decorating

a

terminal

figure of

Hymen
in

"

now

the National Gallery.

Painted

1779,
all

claimedor,

at

events

Romney's
guineas

price for

<30x25> apparently was not was not paid foruntil 1785, when a portrait of this size was raised from 1 8
this picture
If

to

25

guineas.
July,

remained

in

the possession of the

family until

1895, when it was sold at Christie's for 1650 guineas, the late Mr. Charles Wertheimer being the purchaser. There are several other portraits, by or ascribed to
13th
this

Romney, of
fine

lady.

Engraved

in

impression of which

mezzotint by John Jones, February, 1788,- a now runs well into three figures.

An
found
in

interesting

account of the career of

this

lady will be

Gerard's

"Some

Celebrated

Irish Beauties,"

1895.
each.

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"THE LADIES WALDEGRAVE."
By
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P.R.A.

The The

three beautiful daughters of James, second Earl Waldegrave. 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)
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Horace Walpole, who

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it

<with the table seen in the picture)

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left
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Waldegrave for 550 guineas / his husband, Lord Carlingford, who lent
1884, and who sold
Thwaites,
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widow
it

to her fourth

Grosvenor Gallery, through Messrs. Agnew to Mr. D.
to the
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in

whose family

now

is.

by

J.

1875

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,-

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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For biographical
details see

'CIRCE.'"

By George Romney.
"

Lady Hamilton as A Bacchante

by Sir Joshua Reynolds.

This

is

one of the

earliest of
It

ilton in

fancy character.
in

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remained
April,

1807,

Romney's studio till his death. At his sale 27th it was lot 100 and was knocked down to an
at

unknown purchaser

14^ guineas.

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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,

many 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
including

Romney
Hayley
ful
it."

Exhibition,
in his

Grafton Gallery
"

in

"

Life

of the artist refers to

the Spring of 1900. " the very power-

impression
Gilpin

made by
to

was

this picture on a party who surveyed have painted the brutes which the enchan-

had metamorphosed, but did not. There are no old engravings of this wonderful picture, but two by modern engravers have been published. The picture,
tress

more

especially the upper portion,

is

well-known from the very
it

numerous reproductions which have been done of
photographic processes.

through

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'MIRANDA.'

John Hoppner, R.A.

Sir Henry Vane, Bart., 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

Frances Anne, daughter of the Rev.
married
7th

Combe House, Surrey. Her niece, Frances Ann, married in 1819 Charles, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry, when the picture probably passed into the possession of that
January, 1835, at
family.

" 796, as the Portrait of a Lady," this splendid whole length <96in. by 58in.) was not again seen in public for close on a century, and its appearance

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Academy

of

1

at

the

Fair

Women
first

Exhibition at the

Grafton Gallery con-

tributed as

more than anything
its

else to establish

one of the

masters of the Early English School.

Hoppner's greatness " Its

beauty,

grace,
late

wrote the

its freedom, its charm, are unmistakable," 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)
for

Ward, probably

as a

private

plate,

no example other than unlettered proofs and these are Even the identity exceptionally rare have ever been found.
of the lady in Ward's
In

engraving was
impression

April,

1911, a

fine

realised

unknown until 1890. 700 guineas at
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ELIZABETH,
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Sir

LADY TAYLOR."

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
death unknown.

May

of the same year, aged 41),- date of

This portrait <50in. by 40in.), which has never been exhibited
in

public,

Joshua received

was painted circa 1781-2/ in January, 1785, Sir 1 50 guineas for three portraits of Sir J. Taylor,
It is

Lady Taylor, and Mr. Graham.
done
for the last

probable that

all

three

were

named, for William Dickinson's
states that
it

fine

mezzotint,

1783, expressly
the

was "from

the original picture in

possession of Robert Graham, Esq., of Gartmore."
later
this

Her

husband was painted by Reynolds in the Another portrait of Dilletanti about 1778.
time
in

group of the
belongs to

lady was at one

the

Maurice Kann

collection, Paris,

and

now

Mr. H. C. Frick, of

York. The picture engraved by Dickinson was sold at Phillips's in 1835 for 160 guineas, and is now in Lord Leconfield's collection

New

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,
sell at

Lady

Taylor, which used to

auction

in the sixties

and seventies
is

of the

last

at least

century for from 200.

4 up

to

about

12

now worth

300

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$30

each.

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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.

by 60in.) of which the head and 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-

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shoulders only are engraved by Mr.

tions of the exhibition of this artist's

works
Sir
it

at the

Grosvenor
and
to

Gallery

in

1885.

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was then

lent

by

Robert

Sheffield,

soon

after the closing

of the exhibition

was sold

Mr. A.

Wertheimer, and

is now the property of Miss Alice de Rothschild. This portrait, which was painted, as so many portraits were painted in pre-photographic days, at about the time of her " " of the picture is very similar to marriage, whilst the scheme

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,
in

and another <30in. by 23in>

in

Mr. George

Hearn's collection,

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, the portrait of the Duchess had been more 1911, probably

written about than

any other picture

in existence.

Its

history

is

detailed fully in the privately printed Catalogue Raisonm* of Of the beautiful Duchess and of the Mr. J. Pierpont Morgan.

"

"

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 countless 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

56. Bentley sold it to Mr. well-known collector, and at his sale at Christie's, 6th May, 1876, it was bought by Messrs. Agnew for 10,100 On the night of 26th May the picture was cut away guineas.

of Mrs. Magennis for about
Ellis, a

Wynn

from the stretching frame
Street,

in

and, in spite of a hue and cry

Messrs. Agnew's galleries in Bond all over the world, it

remained hidden

was handed
Messrs.

until April, 1901, when Mr. Morland Agnew the picture in York through the intermediary of Pinkerton's Detective Agency, and reached England

New

with

it

on 8th April.

and

at

1901, it had been acquired by Mr.
stole the picture,

The picture was absolutely undamaged, Messrs. Agnew's Exhibition in November-December, In the interval it attracted many thousands of visitors.
J.

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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
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died 26th June, 1792.

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above referred

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Elizabeth,

of Breakspear,

only daughter of Mr. Stephen, a wealthy surgeon Middlesex/ married 30th August, 1785, at

Whitchurch, near Edgware, William Hallett, Esq., of Canons, Middlesex,- died 16th April, 1833. Her husband was born in
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28th March,
in

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arm-in-arm

1786, as "painted a few a nouvelle style," and the tradition

that

after
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wife.

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known
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Thomas Linley, the musical composer, and herself celebrated as an actress and singer born 7th September, 1754, and known in childhood as "The Maid of Bath",Elizabeth Ann, daughter of
,-

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
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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.

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is

Mrs. Sheridan and Mrs. Tickell at Dulwich Gallery world-famous example by the same artist. She sat
Sir Joshua

another

in

1775

to

Reynolds for

his St. Cecilia,

and for the Virgin

in his

"
Nativity."

The
was
Lady."

original picture

is

a whole-length <83in.

by

58in.>,

and

exhibited at the Royal
It

Academy

of

1783

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was engraved <before 1797) in mezzotint by the artist's nephew, Gainsborough Dupont, of which only about two impressions are
in

known to exist. According to Fufcher, the picture 1856 belonged to Mr. E. Bouverie, of Delapre Abbey, Northit

hampton, to whose father
It

was presented by Richard

B. Sheridan.

may

possibly be identical with the portrait of Mrs. Sheridan

which Grote

realised the then high price of
sale at Christie's in
It

"Alfred."

was
is

lent

3,000 guineas at the George 1872, the buyer's name being given as to the Old Masters in 1886, by Lord

Rothschild, and

well-known through many reproductions.

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