Mrs: Hartley In the Character of Elfrida.
London. Publish'd Jany.20th.1780.by Dickinson & Watson No.158.New Bond Street.
Mezzotint. Sheet 283 x 225mm.
Elizabeth Hartley (née White) (1751-1824), actress, the original Elfrida in The Rev. William Mason's tragedy of that name. Her extreme beauty, and the truth and nature of her acting, attracted universal admiration, and caused her to rank the highest (as a female) in her profession, previous to the apppearance of Mrs Siddons. She was the very favourite subject of Sir Joshua Reynolds, and appears as the beautiful female in a number of his most celebrated pictures Two in particular are professed portraits of her called 'Mrs Hartley as Jane Shore' and 'Mrs Harley as a Raehante.
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