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The Angelic Angler

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2010,7081.808

  • Title (object)

    • The Angelic Angler
  • Description

    A fashionably-dressed young woman in a steep tilted hat decorated with ruffles, sitting to left on a river bank, holding up her fishing rod in her right hand and pulling in a fish with the other, with a basket beside her; a man fishing around a bend lined with trees, in the background to left; a large house in the distance to right. 1781
    Mezzotint with some etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1781
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 355 millimetres
    • Width: 250 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered below the image with the title, four lines of verse in two columns 'At once Victorious, with your hands and eyes, ... I fear you captivate us both for Sport.' and 'London Printed for R. Sayer and J. Bennett, Map & Printsellers No. 53, Fleet Street as the Act directs, Jan. 1781.'
  • Curator's comments

    See also the droll of the same subject, published by Carington Bowles, after John Raphael Smith, in 1780 (1874,0613.2666). The composition has been adapted in this.

    States [recorded in the Lennox-Boyd database]
    (i) pentimento visible around the fishing line, which has been moved slightly; this state
    (ii) reworked, the pentimento no longer visible, a line defining the cheek, lace added at the elbows. [impression with CLB]
    (iii) republished; publication line altered to 'London Printed for Robert Sayer Map & Printseller, No. 53, Fleet Street as the Act directs, 17. Jan. 1787'; number 181 added. [impression with CLB]

    There is presumably a state before (i), with the fishing line in a slightly different position.

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  • Bibliography

    • Russell 1926 undescribed bibliographic details
    • Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British Mezzotints Ring-binder Large)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2010

  • Acquisition notes

    Acquired with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Friends of the British Museum, the Art Fund, Mrs Charles Wrightsman, the Michael Marks Charitable Trust, and numerous individual donors.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    2010,7081.808

A fashionably-dressed young woman in a steep tilted hat decorated with ruffles, sitting to left on a river bank, holding up her fishing rod in her right hand and pulling in a fish with the other, with a basket beside her; a man fishing around a bend lined with trees, in the background to left; a large house in the distance to right.  1781  Mezzotint with some etching

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A fashionably-dressed young woman in a steep tilted hat decorated with ruffles, sitting to left on a river bank, holding up her fishing rod in her right hand and pulling in a fish with the other, with a basket beside her; a man fishing around a bend lined with trees, in the background to left; a large house in the distance to right. 1781 Mezzotint with some etching

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