[Lady de Tabley. or Lady Leicester.]
Mezzotint, proof before all letters. 666 x 412mm. Extreme upper right corner of margin missing. Paper evenly age-toned, occasional foxing.
Georgiana Maria, youngest daughter of Lieutenant-colonel Cottin [1794-1859], wife of John Fleming Leicester 1st Baron de Tabley of Tabley house in Cheshire. This is a rare engraving after the painting by William Owen R.A.[1769-1825] that hangs at Tabley. The engraver is uncertain, it is possibly the suppressed plate by Charles Turner [1773 - 1857]. Georgiana was remarkable for her beauty. Her portrait in the character of Hope, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, is well known, and has been many times engraved. There are also engraved portraits of her after Simpson. William Owen worked as an apprentice to Charles Catton, R.A., for seven years, starting in 1786. He entered the Royal Academy as a student in 1791, receiving encouragement from, among others, Sir Joshua Reynolds. He was elected R.A. in 1806, became portrait painter to the Prince of Wales in 1810, and was appointed principal painter to the Prince Regent in 1813.
Provenance: Sold by Christies July 1929. CS: Unrecorded.
[Ref: 4523] £950.00