Sold by Ryland & Bryer, Engravers & Printsellers, at the Kings Arms in Cornhill.
Mezzotint, very scarce scratched-letter proof before title, title area partially uncleaned. Sheet 350 x 250mm, 13¾ x 9¾". Lacking margins; tipped into album page with pen annotation below print.
Portrait of John Joshua Kirby (1716 - 1774), draughtsman and writer on perspective; in an oval looking outwards wearing a wig and plain dress. Kirby was drawing master to George III as Prince of Wales, and in 1761 appointed Clerk of Works at Kew; exhibited Society of Artists 1761-70; President of the SA, 1768-70. Friend of Hogarth and Thomas Gainsborough (1727 - 1788), the painter of this portrait.
Chaloner Smith 21, unrecorded state. Ref Hone: 43 I of II.
[Ref: 26137] £320.00