- Museum number
- Object: The Angelic Angler
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
- Production date
Height: 355 millimetres
Width: 250 millimetres
- 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.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- 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.
- Prints and Drawings
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