[Roman statue said to be the Empress Matilda, with child and dolphin]
Scarce mezzotint. 365 x 215mm (14¼ x 8½"), with very large margins. Tear at bottom slightly inside platemark; creasing; foxing lower left.
Unusual mezzotint by Elisha Kirkall (1681/2-1742), one of the most distinctive of British engravers. Kirkall used the mezzotint technique which in the 17th and 18th century was used predominantly for portraits and domestic subjects, and used it to render a range of subjects usually represnted in line engravings at the time, including naval and topographical subjects. This print, with its large uninked areas, is an very unusual subject to depict in mezzotint. The British Museum's impression, from the collection of Hans Sloane, has an inscription in Sloane's hand: 'Empress Matilda / The statue is in the Palace at Kensington given by Mr Davenant'.
Ex: Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd
[Ref: 34667] £460.00