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Height: 598.000 mm
Width: 385.000 mm (trimmed inside the platemark)
Prints and Drawings
John Raphael Smith, Mrs Carnac, a mezzotint after a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds
Published in London, England, AD 1778
Elizabeth Carnac (1751-80), daughter of Thomas Rivett MP, married John Carnac in 1769. He was a brigadier-general in the service of the East India Company. The painting is in the Wallace Collection.
The reputation of Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-92), depended in part on his stature as president of Royal Academy but was sustained by a very large body of engravings of his paintings which brought knowledge of his work to admirers throughout Europe. He was particularly well respected for his treatment of women and children. His engravers were skilful in faithfully rendering the design and texture of Reynolds's original and sometimes flattered the painter by silently improving the quality of Reynolds's indifferent anatomical drawing.
John Raphael Smith
(1752-1812) was foremost among
This proof impression once belonged to the painter Sir Thomas Lawrence.
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