||TOWNLEY, Charles (b. 1746) after Sir Joshua REYNOLDS
Sir Joshua Reynolds
London: Published by Charles Townley, No. 7 New Bond Street, June 30, 1777. Mezzotint. Printed on laid paper. Collectors mark on verso. State i/ii, with the engraved inscription. In excellent condition with the exception of some minor paper discolouration. .
From the collection of Frederic R. Halsey a famous New York print collector, who was active during the latter part of the 19th century. (Lugt 1308)
Sir Joshua Reynolds' (1723-92) portrait of himself has all the virtues that his masterful portraits of nearly all of the great men and women and all the grand men and women of his era have. The ideal attributes of a British aristocrat: intelligence, serenity, temperance and resourcefulness are conveyed in the balance and stability of the composition and composed sitter. He explored and expressed artistic and societal ideals quite different from, even contrary to, the social and artistic ideals of today.
Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits 24, i/ii; O'Donoghue, Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits... in the British Museum 8; Lugt, Les Marques de Collections 1308