London: Published by Prattent, 46 Cloth Fair West Smithfield, & Whitaker, 12 New Street Covent Garden, June 1787. Colour-printed stipple. Printed on watermarked laid paper. In good condition with the exception of a tear along the bottom right corner. Section of the right platemark has been repaired where it has cracked. Paper has some surface dirt. Image size: . Plate mark: 10 7/8 x 8 3/8 inches. Sheet size: 13 1/2 x 10 7/8 inches.
A pretty colour-printed stipple depicting Almeida, by the London engraver Thomas Prattent.
This delicate image by the London printmaker Thomas Prattent recalls the style of the celebrated engraver John Raphael Smith. Prattent, who had premises in Cloth Fair, made a name for himself as an architectural engraver producing many attractive views of London and the surrounding boroughs. This pretty picture represents a deviation from Prattent's usual images and directly recalls the ornate portraits executed by Smith. Like Smith's images, Prattent's "Almeida" is subtly suggestive. An ornately dressed young woman sits alone in the open countryside. Her fashionable attire makes her appear out of place in her rural environment, and yet her contemplative, serene countenance has an alluring effect. The image is accompanied by two lines of poetry by William Shenstone, commemorating her gracefulness and virtue.
Benezit, Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs.