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DICKINSON, William (1746-18230 after Sir Joshua REYNOLDS

[Lady Elizabeth Taylor]

circa 1780. Mezzotint. State ii/ii, with engraved inscription. In pristine condition. Image size: 15 7/8 x 12 3/4 inches. Plate mark: 17 3/4 x 12 13/16 inches. Sheet size: 19 7/8 x 13 1/2 inches.

A superb proof impression of Sir Joshua Reynolds' portrait of Lady Taylor by William Dickinson.

This is a truly stunning proof impression of this exquisite portrait. This excellent impression allows the viewer to see how Dickinson's distinctive engraving style perfectly captures Reynolds' beautiful portrait. William Dickinson was a master of English mezzotint; his delicate images distinguish themselves with their unique style and superior technique. His loose painterly approach has an ephemeral quality, extremely difficult to convey in mezzotint. Unlike other contemporary engravers, Dickinson uses light and shade in his mezzotints to produce a paint-like effect, lending his mezzotints a sense of delicacy. Dickinson began his career as a caricaturist, but soon found that his true talent lay in portrait engraving. He worked with some of the most notable painters in England, artists such as Reynolds, Stubbs, and Kauffman, producing hauntingly beautiful mezzotints of some of their most famous paintings. (DNB)

Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits 80, i/i;Russell, English Mezzotint Portraits, and their States 80 ii/ii; O'Donoghue, Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits... in the British Museum 1; Lennox-Boyd & Stogdon, state ii/ii

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