RAMSAY, Allan (1713-1784) engraved by Alexander VAN HAECKEN
The Honble. Thomas Wentworth Esqr.
London: circa 1745. Mezzotint. Printed on laid paper. In fair condition with the exception of being trimmed within the plate mark on all sides. Edges of sheet have been remargined. Image is slightly rubbed. Image size: 12 3/8 x 9 7/8 inches. Sheet size: 14 x 9 7/8 inches.
A fine quality mezzotint portrait of Thomas Wentworth, Commander in Chief of the British forces in America.
An excellent image by Alexander Van Haecken, younger brother of Joseph Van Haecken (Van Aken) who worked for some time as Ramsay's studio assistant, specialising in drapery. Ramsay, son of the poet of the same name, achieved a great level of success as a portrait painter, but after his appointment in 1767 as portrait painter to the King, he became, for a while, the most fashionable of them all. The present work is a print from one of the earlier works done before he received the royal seal of approval.
Not in O'Donoghue.