[Woman in enormous hat.]
London: Printed for R. Sayer & J. Bennett No 53 Fleet Street, 26 Feb.y 1778, as the Act directs.
Mezzotint with very large margins, extremely rare & decorative, platemark 115 x 90mm (4½ x 3½"). Uncut; glued to backing sheet along left side.
Decorative mezzotint by engraver and printseller Robert Laurie (1755?-1836), after Robert Dighton (1751-1814), draughtsman and singer. 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: 36691] £280.00