London Publish'd May 21st. 1776. by W. Dickinson Henrietta Street Covent Garden & Thos. Watson No. 142. New Bond Street.
Mezzotint, fine scratched-letter proof before title (first state). 500 x 350mm (19¾ x 13¾"). A rich impression, with full margins.
A very fine image of singer and writer Elizabeth Ann Sheridan (née Linley, 1754 - 1792) as Saint Cecilia, patron saint of musicians and of Church music. She plays the organ seated on a low stool, two angelic children singing behind; from upper left, cloud with shafts of light. The portrait was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1775. Miss Linley of Bath married the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan after eloping with him, in 1773. She was famous for her soprano voice, so the pose was obviously suitable. Sheridan, having ordered the picture, found he could not afford to pay for it.
Hamilton p.131, I of III. CS: 74, i/iii.
[Ref: 22273] £750.00