A Family Piece.
London, Publish'd October 15th 1781, by W.Dickinson No 158 New Bond Street.
Stipple, printed in sepia. 305 x 390mm (12 x 15¼"). Trimmed to printed border on three sides, mounted on album paper.
A portrait-painter painting a family group of a man and wife and their little boy who, despite wearing ordinary clothes, is holding a cupid's bow and a sheaf of arrows, probably a reference to the family portrait in Goldsmith's 'Vicar of Wakefield'. The adults hold doves; the boy yawns with boredom. A clipping from a printseller's catalogue, pasted underneath the print, suggests the bespectacled artist is a caricature of Sir Joshua Reynolds. Certainly the round glasses are similar to the ones worn in the Reynolds self-portrait in the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.
BM Satires 5921.
[Ref: 36353] £280.00