The English Jesuit.
Etching. Plate: 110 x 160mm, (4¼ x 6¼"). Small margins.
Man standing stiffly in profile to the right, head thrown back with a contemptuous scowl. His left hand rests on a cane. He wears a low broad-brimmed hat, a tightly-curled wig, buttoned coat, and gloves. He strongly resembles the figure in item 14140 (BMSat 4682), and is probably intended either for Sir Nash Grose (1740 - 1814), Judge, or William Petty, 1st Marquess of Lansdowne (1737 - 1805), Prime Minister and patron of the arts. Lansdowne was given the moniker ‘Malagrida’, the notorious Portuguese Jesuit, by the 'Public Advertiser' of 16 Sept. 1767. From '24 Caricatures by several ladies, gentlemen, artists, etc.', in an album of caricatures published by Mary Darly dated January 1776. It seems that her husband Matthew made the plates. Numbered 'V.1' upper left and '18' upper right.
BM Satires: 4917.
[Ref: 39986] £120.00