[The Connoisseur; sometimes called The Connoisseur and Tired Boy.]
Hand coloured aquatint, sheet 230 x 185mm. 9 x 7¼". Trimmed to image.
A man holds up a candle to light a painted landscape in a heavy frame, which is held up for him by a yawning boy. After Henry Morland (c.1719 - 1797, father of George), who exhibited the painting on which this is based several times at the Free Society of Artists. In 1775 he published this description of it: 'An Italian Connoisseur and tired boy. The connoisseur is an admirer of no pictures but Italian, therefore his taste is greatly affronted on being shown a Dutch picture; nevertheless his attention is engaged by some effect he sees in the landscape - has forgotten the boy, who is tired with holding the picture in a heavy frame, which he is just ready to drop.'
[Ref: 11911] £130.00