Portraits of their Majesty's and the Royal Family Viewing the Exhibition of the Royal Academy, 1788.
Pub.d March 6 1789 by A. Poggi, St Georges Row, Hyde Park.
Etching and engraving with thread margins. 395 x 525mm (15½ x 20¾"). Wear to edges. Crease just above publication.
The Great Room at Somerset House during the visit of George III and his family, soon after the King's recovery from the porphyria that had caused the Regency. Sir Joshua Reynolds stands to the right, holding his ear-trumpet; Benjamin West stands to the left, instructing three of the younger princes. The King and the Prince of Wales have a noticable gap between them; in fact the record of the King's visit on the 25th April does not mention the Prince's presence. The composition is the same as the Ramberg's scene of the 1787 exhibition, with the detailed realism, including the catalogue numbers of the painting. However for the King's visit the access doors are pointedly closed, keeping out the crowds of the earlier scene.
BM: G,6.101, trimmed.
[Ref: 35919] £750.00