GOLDSMITH, OLIVER (1728-1774, poet, novelist and playwright, close friend of Reynolds) PORTRAIT BY G
Lot 58
GOLDSMITH, OLIVER (1728-1774, poet, novelist and playwright, close friend of Reynolds) PORTRAIT BY GIUSEPPE MARCHI (?1735-1808) AFTER SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS P.R.A. (1723-1792),
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GOLDSMITH, OLIVER (1728-1774, poet, novelist and playwright, close friend of Reynolds)
PORTRAIT BY GIUSEPPE MARCHI (?1735-1808) AFTER SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS P.R.A. (1723-1792),
mezzotint, half-length, in profile facing left, forefinger retaining a place in a book, a fine early nineteenth-century impression ['R. Sayer Excudit'], unobtrusive splitting round part of the plate line, otherwise in fine condition, 18 x 13 in (45.7 x 33 cm), first published for Robert Sayer on 1 December 1770, and still titled as such (but early nineteenth-century).

Footnotes

  • REFERENCES: Chaloner Smith 7; Hamilton p. 32; O'Donaghue 246/6; John Ginger, The Notable Man, 1977; Reynolds, edited by Nicholas Penny, 1986; David Mannings, Sir Joshua Reynolds: A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings, 2000.

    Reynolds and Goldsmith were great friends. They had first met in 1762 - both were bachelors; both were disfigured by small-pox. Goldsmith dedicated The Deserted Village to Reynolds ('The only dedication I ever made was to my brother because I loved him better than most other men. He is since dead. Permit me to inscribe this Poem to you.'); Reynolds in turn dedicated his painting Resignation to Goldsmith and also obtained for him (jointly with Johnson) the honorary Professorship of Ancient History at the Royal Academy. Reynolds arranged for the monument to Goldsmith to be erected in Westminster Abbey and wrote an acute account of him. Fanny, Reynolds's younger sister, who considered Goldsmith the ugliest man in London, told James Northcote that the portrait was 'a good likeness, but the most flattered picture my brother ever painted.'

    Marchi was one of Reynolds's most trusted copyists and was in effect his right hand man, working for him for nearly thirty years. He produced only about a dozen mezzotints (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography).
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