BARTOLOZZI, FRANCESCO (<i>1727-1815, engraver, R.A</i>.)
Lot 179
BARTOLOZZI, FRANCESCO (1727-1815, engraver, R.A.) PORTRAIT BY THOMAS WATSON (1743-1781) AFTER SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS P.R.A. (1723-1792),
Sold for £720 (US$ 1,198) inc. premium
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BARTOLOZZI, FRANCESCO (1727-1815, engraver, R.A.)
PORTRAIT BY THOMAS WATSON (1743-1781) AFTER SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS P.R.A. (1723-1792),
mezzotint, proof before all letters, half-length, wearing a fur-trimmed coat, leaning on papers or drawings, artists' names written in pencil in the inscription space, [published by Thomas Watson, 24 September 1785], small tear in left-hand margin repaired, unobtrusive crease (flattened) in blank area lower left, some cleaning round image, otherwise a very fine impression, 15 x 11 in (38.1 x 28 cm).

Footnotes

  • REFERENCES: Chaloner Smith 8; O'Donaghue 217/7; Hamilton p. 10; David Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds: The Complete Catalogue of his Paintings, 2000; Dictionary of National Biography.

    Bartolozzi came to England in 1764 and was a founder member of the Royal Academy. Reynolds once praised Bartolozzi's skill in engraving one of his portraits: 'The hands in my picture are very slight, but here they are beautifully drawn and finished, Mr. Bartolozzi having made them what they really ought to be.' The original portrait for this mezzotint was probably painted in 1773.
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