FRANCES, LADY BRIDGES BY JAMES WATSON AFTER FRANCIS COTES.

A fine late eighteenth-century mezzotint of Lady Frances Bridges (née Fowler) housed in an antique ebonised frame with gilt slip ready to hang and enjoy!

Lady Frances Bridges (née Fowler) (1746-1825) is pictured 3/4 length leaning upon on a carved pedestal, wearing voluminous classical dress. Her elegant profile and posture are revealed as she gazes wistfully through the forest.

This mezzotint is after an original portrait by the fashionable and pioneering painter of the 18th century, Francis Cotes. Cotes trained under painter George Knapton before becoming one of the most sought after portrait painters in London as a result of impressions such as this.

James Watson was one of the leading mezzotint engravers of the time. He produced plates from Cotes, Gainsborough, Reynolds and van Dyke. Watson later exhibited at the Society of Artists from 1762 to 1775 where he was regarded a master in his field.

Mezzotint.

Sheet: 50 cm x 35.5 cm / 19 3/8 in. x 14 in. Framed: 58 cm x 43 cm / 23 in. x 17 in.

Executed 1769. Price: £480

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