London. Pub.d as the Act directs. Aug.t 10th 1792 by S. Hewson. No. 48 Frith Street, Soho.
Mezzotint, very scarce. Sheet size: 515 x 360mm (20¼ x 14¼"). Light creases. Trimmed inside plate. Top left corner repaired.
A portrait of famed vermin catcher Richard Penrose, three-quarter length standing three-quarter to the left, in a low landscape dotted with trees, looking towards the viewer. With both hands in front of him he holds a snake. He is wearing a plain coat buttoned at the waist, with a broad belt, spotted neckerchief and wide-brimmed round hat. Continuation of title below reads, 'of Huntington near York Aged 94 Years, Very remarkable for his abilities in catching Vipers, Snakes, Addres, &c, which he used frequently to carry about with him in his Bosom - and he is not less celebrated for destroying of Rats, Moles and every other Species of Vermin of the Quadrupede as well as of the Reptile Race.'
Ex collection of Christopher Lennox-Boyd. Chaloner Smith: 61.
[Ref: 36601] £380.00