[The children of Frederick, Prince of Wales.] Just Emblem of the genuine British Fire!...
Publish'd according to Act of Parliament, March 25th, 1744.
Mezzotint with large margins. 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"). Repaired tear top right.
Group portrait of the three eldest children of Frederick: George (later George III) on left, Augusta, and Edward Augustus (Duke of York and Albany). George is making a spaniel perform tricks. Philippe Mercier (1689 - 1760). Painter and engraver; pupil of Pesne in Berlin, then in Paris; London 1716. Remained in England for the rest of his life. Painter to Frederick Prince of Wales 1729-36; moved to York 1739-51; then returned to London, where he died. Main business in portraits, but made fancy pictures in the manner of Watteau for engraving.
Ex Collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd. CS 148.
[Ref: 34425] £280.00