Mrs. Hartley.Distressed Mother / Act 4th last Scene / In the Character of Andromache [...]
Pub.d by J.K. Sherwin No. 28, St. James's Street, & W. Hainton, Sweetings Alley Royal Exchange Dec.r the 15 1782.
Etching and stipple printed in sepia, platemark 280 x 230mm (11 x 9"). Small margins; repaired tear on right; slight creasing. Nice impression.
Portrait of the actress Elizabeth Hartley (née White) (1750/1-1824) in the role of 'The Disstresst Mother' in Philips' translation of Racine's 'Andromache'. Hartley was a popular actress throughout her career, and the subject of a number of paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds. An obituary after her death in 1824 acclaimed her as the greatest female actress before Mrs. [Sarah] Siddons. Mixed-method print by J.K. Sherwin, published in 1782 by which time Hartley had been retired for two years.
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