Georgian Mezzotint Sophia Western By J R Smith After Hoppner Fielding Tom Jones Circa 1784
We are pleased to offer this original George III mezzotint engraving that comes complete with original old bubbled glass and Hogarth frame. An identical example owned by the National Trust at Snowshill Manor, Gloucestershire. This large colored mezzotint is after the the John Hoppner (1758-1810) portrait of Sophia Western. Miss Western was the gorgeous heroine in the Henry Fielding novel entitled 'The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling'. As clearly seen along the base of the engraving. Painted by J Hopner. Engraved by J R Smith mezzotint engraver to His Royal Highness the Price of Wales. Please note that the publishing details are not visible and we have not removed this mezzotint from the frame. They are either below the bottom frame edge or have been trimmed.
Size: Framed 17" (43 cm) by 11.5" (29 cm), visible sheet size 14.25" (37 cm) by 10.25"(26.5 cm).
Condition: The frame has sustained some knocks to the outer edge decoration that has been touched up in black at some point in its past. The old bubbled glass is a delight with some large bubbles and irregularities. The actual Mezzotint on laid/ rag paper is not too faded at all and has minor darkening with age and is free from foxing. There is some very slight rippling to the laid paper seen in image one. THERE IS a very old crease/ fold in the paper that appears in the top right corner section of Sophia's black background. As mentioned before, publishers details are not visible. We have taped the backing board ready for transit as the old paper tape had disintegrated and have replaced the old hanging hooks/wire.
PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE DIMENSIONS THIS ITEM WILL SHIP BOTH IN THE UK AND TO USA, CANADA AND MAINLAND EUROPE VIA EXPEDITED COURIER, a signature is required upon delivery. THIS COST IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE BUT WE DO NOT COVER ANY IMPORT DUTIES OR TAXES THAT YOU MAY INCUR.
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