Pub.d as the act directs Feb.y 18th by J. Rising No. 21 Princes St. Cav.sh Sq.re.
Mezzotint with small margins, platemark 360 x 260mm (14¼ x 10¼"). Paper tone; good impression; collector's stamp of Bernard Houthakker verso. Slightly foxed.
Character study after a painting from the 1770s by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792). When the painting was auctioned in 1796 it was identified as Edwin, the hero from 'The Minstrel', a poem published in 1771 by Reynolds' friend James Beattie. The poem describes the childhood of Edwin, a shepherd boy brought up in solitary, mountainous country, and his response to nature. William Wordsworth was among the many who admired the work. This impression formerly in the collection of Bernard Houthakker, 1884-1963), Amsterdam-based dealer and publisher. A particular focus of Houthakker's buying was the work of Charles Howard Hodges (1764-1837), a British portrait painter and engraver who moved to the Netherlands in 1792. Reynolds' painting was recently sold by Christie's (3 December 2013).
Ex Collection of the Late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; Hamilton p.147 (only state); L.1272. Ex Collection Lady Eva Dugdale, Sotheby's 27/10/1920.
[Ref: 36504] £320.00