Very rare mezzotint. 229 x 172mm. 9 x 6¾". Cut and inset into sheet.
Portrait of Noel Desenfans, standing whole-length in a garden, right hand on hip, looking towards the viewer, with book in left hand, arm resting nonchalantly on a pedestal supporting a bust labelled 'Fenelon', around which winds a serpent, wearing a plain suit, the jacket unbuttoned, hair tied at the nape, fountain to right, large tree branching overhead from left. Noel Joseph Desenfans (1745-1807), the art and picture dealer. He was employed by King Stanislaw of Poland to assemble a collection of paintings (and was appointed Polish Consul General in London), but after Stanislaw was forced to abdicate, the paintings eventually formed the basis of the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
[Ref: 26157] £320.00