Cupid, in the Character of a Link Boy.
London, Printed for R. Sayer & J. Bennett, Map & Printsellers No. 53 Fleet Street: as the Act directs Aug.t 15, 1777
Mezzotint, platemark 390 x 280mm (15¼ x 11"). Small margins.
Engraving after a 1774 painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds, now in the Allbright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo. Reynolds' cupid is very much the Georgian street urchin in tattered clothes; the phallic positioning of his torch reminds us that link boys used their torches to lead lovers (as well as prostitutes) around the city at night before street lighting.
Hamilton p.145 iii/iii; See Richard Wendorf, 'Sir Joshua Reynolds: the Painter in Society'
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