WARD, James (1769-1859) after John HOPPNER (1758-1810)
[Lady Heathcote as Hebe]
London: Published by James Ward, No. 6 Newman Street, Jan. 2, 1804. Mezzotint. Proof before letters. Possibly state i-vii/ix, Chaloner Smith notes that there are six progress proofs, and one finished proof before inscription in the British Museum. Without comparison it is impossible to note which state this print is. In excellent condition with the exception of some light foxing in the margins. Laid onto contemporary backing sheet with rubbed crease in upper left corner. Image size: 25 1/8 x 16 7/8 inches. Sheet size: 27 5/8 x 18 5/8 inches. Plate mark: 26 x 17 inches.
In Hoppner's dramatic portrait Lady Heathcote is depicted as Hebe, the goddess of youth.
This is a nice impression of this dramatic portrait, Lady Heathcote depicted as Hebe, the goddess of youth and spring. Behind her is Ganymede, in the form of an eagle, who succeeded her as the cupbearer to the gods. Lady Heathcote is seen in the process of pouring divine ambrosia among stormy clouds, an ethereal personification of her undoubtedly lively nature. The portrait represents a neat blend of Classicism and Romanticism. Lady Catherine Sophia [Manners] Heacthcote (1773-1825) was the wife of Sir Gilbert Heathcote.
Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits 23, possibly states i-vii/iii (Smith does not count the progress proofs as states); O'Donoghue, Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits... in the British Museum 2; Lennox-Boyd & Stogdon, possibly states i-vii/ix.