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Horace Walpole (1717-1797): Youngest Son of Sr. Rob.t Walpole, Earl of Orford 1757
CRE McARDELL, James; (Irish; 1710/28-1768) CRE REYNOLDS, Joshua, Sir; (English; 1723-1792)
printed in black on laid paper
35.8 x 25.5
inscr. on plate b. l. "J Reynolds pinx.t", inscr. on plate b. r. "Js McArdell fecit 1757"
Verso: Collector's marks of Fagan (Lugt 919c) and Captain Frederick Erskine Johnston
186 SMITH, John Chaloner 1878 British Mezzotinto Portraits, London, Henry Sotheran and Co. 1878-1883, 4 vols
Horace Walpole (1717-1797) was a famous diarist, scholar and patron of the arts. Reynolds emphasises Walpole’s role as a writer by the inclusion of a quill, and his activity as a collector with a print. By contrast, Ramsay’s study of Walpole, displayed in ‘Allan Ramsay; Portraits of the Enlightenment’, Gallery 2, provides a more informal, intimate approach.
Walpole acquired the copper plate and all of the impressions from McArdell to distribute to friends.
DIARIST : HUNTER 2007 : PORTRAIT : ENGRAVING OF ROMAN EAGLE : REPRODUCTIVE : BOOK : QUILL : LACE COLLAR : LACE CUFF : ON DISPLAY :