A Lady and Child.
London, published May 10th, 1787 by W. Dickinson, engraver. No. 158 Bond Street.
Mezzotint with small margins, very fine. Platemark: 500 x 350mm. (19½ x 13¾").
Portrait of Mrs Seaforth after Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792); three-quarter length sitting to right beneath a tree wearing dark dress and a hat with ostrich feathers, holding her child on her lap; a park behind. The identity of the sitter is uncertain as Chaloner Smith states she is Mary Mackenzie, married to Francis Humbertson Mackenzie, who 'succeeded to the estates of Seaforth and Humbertson...in April, 1793' and was also Governor of Barbados; upon his death 'his sons having pre-deceased him, the title became extinct.' Lady Seaforth died in 1829. The identity of the child is conjectured to be their daughter, Mary Frederica Elizabeth, married first to Sir Samuel Hood, and later James Alexander Stuart, Esqr., who took the name of Mackenzie. Lady Seaforth was also the model for Reynolds's painting 'Tuccia', which, as a result, generated much public interest at the time about her age and relationship with the much-older Barwell.
From the Oettingen-Wallerstein Collection. Chaloner Smith 17.II; Hamilton III of III page 130.
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