- Museum number
Portrait of Miss Mary Meyer after Reynolds (Mannings 1247); as Hebe, whole-length standing on clouds, directed towards right, facing towards left, holding up a vase with both hands; Jupiter in the form of an eagle with thunderbolt to her right; published state. 1780
- Production date
Height: 625 millimetres
Width: 380 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from 'Gainsborough and Reynolds in the BM', BM 1984 cat.133:
Miss Meyer was the daughter of Jeremiah Meyer, the miniaturist and foundation member of the Royal Academy. She is shown as Hebe, the cupbearer of Zeus, whose attribute is the eagle. (Reynolds is known to have kept an eagle in his back yard.) The portrait had been exhibited at the Academy in 1772 and belonged to Meyer. One may surmise that Meyer's readiness to help a fellow German led to the engraving of the picture after so long an interval.
Walpole noted that the idea of the Hebe was borrowed from a print of Fortune by Goltzius (Leslie and Taylor I, p.444). A hasty search has failed to identify this.
For an earlier state of the print see 1830,0612.16.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1984 London, BM, 'Gainsborough and Reynolds in the BM', cat.133
- Acquisition date
- Prints and Drawings
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