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Head and shoulders of a young black woman; directed to right, wearing a white lace-trimmed cap and broad white lace-trimmed collar; copy in reverse direction of an etching by Hollar. 1683
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Height: 89 millimetres
Width: 73 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This is a pair with a head of a black boy after Hollar (Pennington 2003; 1928,0310.89). They were first published by Campbell Dogson in PCQ XV 1928, pp.167-72, who was the first to recognise the Hollar link.
Ganz and Nicholas Stogdon attribute both to John Smith the mezzotinter, as among his earliest productions; 1683 was the year in which he parted from Isaac Beckett. There were once impressions of both in the chronologically arranged Derby albums in the New York Public Library, in Vol. 1, fol. 1, appearing in the index as 'Blackamoors heads (2)', but these were already missing when acquired by the NYPL; the earliest recorded year for these albums is 1683, and the missing prints may have been so dated in ink ms., as this impression is, and as the impression of the black boy in the Yale Center for British Art is (information supplied by Nicholas Stogdon via email, April 2014).
Russell (II p.231, no.3a) recorded an impression annotated 'Portrait of Griffin, the Actor, as Queen Mother. From [T.] Duffet. Empress of Morocco, a Farce ... acted after the Old Way of Macbeth, London, 1674'. Dodgson pointed out that this could not be correct.
(i) published by Oliver; lettered in lower 'I Oliver Ex' (this impression)
(ii) republished by Smith; Oliver's address replaced with 'I. Smith Ex.', leaving traces of the previous line below (2010,7081.324)
The prints are listed in Walter Shropshire's priced 'Catalogue of a... Collection of Prints', London 1770, cat. 337, after Oliver. They also appear in his priced catalogue of 1772 as Smith's Mezzotintos cat. 138, 'Two, a black man and woman', at 2/-.
Other impressions: London BM 2010,7081.324, ex-Lennox Boyd; Paris BN; Edinburgh; London NPG; Yale CBA; Haddington albums, vol. 2 p. 95.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Presented by Lady Carmichael and Miss H Farquhar in memory of the Rev. L Gilbertson. From the Gilbertson sale, 15 February 1928, lot 44 (£9 to Agnew)
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