Thomas Banks R.A.
Published by Willm. Daniell No. 9 Cleveland Street, Fitzroy Square London, Septr. 15, 1809.
Soft-ground etching. 268 x 197mm. 10½" x 7¾".
Thomas Banks (1735 - 1805), English sculptor. He was taught drawing by his father, and in 1750 was apprenticed to a woodcarver. In his spare time he worked at sculpture, spending his evenings in the studio of the Flemish émigré sculptor Peter Scheemakers. Before 1772, when he obtained a travelling studentship given by the Royal Academy and proceeded to Rome, he had already exhibited several fine works. Banks was paid 500 guineas for the group which depicts Shakespeare, reclining against a rock, between the Dramatic Muse and the Genius of Painting.
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