Publish'd July 20.th 1778, by Wr. Shropshire, No.158, New Bond Street.
Mezzotint, rare with very large margins; plate 508 x 356mm (20 x 14").
Mary Horneck, later Mrs Francis Edward Gwyn (1752?-1840), bedchamber-woman to Queen Charlotte, in Persian dress. It was through Sir Joshua Reynolds that the writer Oliver Goldsmith met Horneck, who became close to her and her family, nicknaming Mary 'The Jessamy Bride'. She later married General Gwyn, equerry to George III. Engraved after the portrait (c.1775) by Reynolds, at the mansion of Cliveden in Buckinghamshire. Reynolds is believed to have considered the portrait one of his finest, and to have kept it in his studio right up to his death, leaving it to the sitter in his will.
CS: 25 ii/ii; Hamilton: p.109 ii/ii
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