[Woman holding quill and letter.]
London: Printed for R. Sayer & J. Bennett No 53 Fleet Street, and J. Smith No 35 Cheapside, as the Act directs, 1st January 1778
Mezzotint with very large margins; extremely rare & decorative; platemark 115 x 95mm (4¼ x 3½"). Uncut; good impression; glued to backing sheet at lower left corner.
Decorative mezzotint by engraver and printseller Robert Laurie (1755?-1836), after Robert Dighton (1751-1814), draughtsman and singer. Shows a woman holding a letter inscribed 'My Lord Duke' and seemingly contemplating what to write next. After the death of John Collett in 1780, Dighton became the foremost designer of droll mezzotints such as this. As business in the art world declined during the Napoleonic Wars, Dighton began stealing prints from the British Museum, only getting caught after several years of theft.
Ex: Oettingen-Wallenstein collection and collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; not in CS.
[Ref: 36690] £280.00