[Greek inscription: 'Let no stranger to the Muses enter'] The Exhibition of the Royal Academy. 1787.
Publish'd as the Act directs July 1. 1787 by A.C. De Poggi, No.7 St Georges Row, Hyde Park. [but c.1820.]
Etching. Sheet 370 x 520mm (14½ x 20½"), watermarked 1820. Trimmed to platemark, repaired tears.
The Great Room at Somerset House during the visit of the Prince of Wales (George IV), drawn with detailed realism but with a certain humorous intention. George stands at the front, holding his hat, cane and catalogue, guided by Sir Joshua Reynolds who is holding his ear-trumpet. Each picture is numbered and can be identified from the R.A. Catalogue, for example: '26', 'The assassination of David Riccio' by Opie, R.A. elect; and '154', 'Wallworth killing Wat Tyler', by Northcote, also R.A. elect. The Greek inscription in the title is inscribed over the entrance to the Great Room.
See BM Satires: 7219.
[Ref: 35920] £680.00