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Elizabeth, Duchess of Manchester and Her Son

A work made of mezzotint on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mezzotint on cream laid paper.

Date:

c. 1770

Artist:

James Watson (Irish, c. 1740-1790)
after Sir Joshua Reynolds (English, 1723-1792)

About this artwork

James Watson created this print for the map- and print-seller Robert Sayer after an original painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Here the Duchess of Manchester is seen reenacting the classical myth of Diana disarming Cupid, in the manner of mythological dress-up that luminaries such as Horace Walpole deemed inappropriate. It was commonplace for engravers to produce prints after popular paintings. In fact, painters often worked in tandem with printmakers in order to market themselves to a wider audience. James Watson in particular engraved pictures after many artists, including 50 portraits after Reynolds alone.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

James Watson

Title

Elizabeth, Duchess of Manchester and Her Son

Origin

Ireland

Date

1765–1775

Medium

Mezzotint on cream laid paper

Dimensions

690 × 470 mm (sheet); 620 × 410 mm (image)

Credit Line

The Charles Deering Collection

Reference Number

1927.5710

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