Ninon de Lenclosfrom an Original Picture given by herself to the Countess of Sandwich and by the present Earl of Sandwich to Mr. Walpole 1757
Etching, platemark 165 x 95mm (6½ x 3¾"). Good impression; trimmed on platemark; signed verso 'WR 1807' for William Richardson (L.1513-1514).
Anne 'Ninon' de Lenclos (1620-1705), French author, courtesan, freethinker and patron of the arts. Portrait study by Thomas Worlidge Senior (1700 - 1766), 'the English Rembrandt' and a pupil of Alessandro Maria Grimaldi, whose daughter Arabella he married. This plate was seemingly not offered for sale in Mary Worlidge's 1767 sale of Worlidge prints. Previously in the collection of William Richardson, printseller and author of a 'Biographical History of England' in seven volumes (1804). Richardson died c.1812 and his stock was sold over eleven sales between 1812 and 1823.
State iii/iii; D124.
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