Lady Arabella Ward (née Crosbie) (1757-1813)

  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection

    The original painting on which the print is based is now in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

  • About the artist
    Portraitist George Romney was born at Beckside, Dalton-in-Furness. From 1755 to 1757 he was apprenticed to portrait painter Christopher Steele at Kendal, moving with him to York and Lancaster, before settling in London in 1762. He won two prizes from the Society of Arts (1763, 1765). From 1773 to 1775 he studied in Italy, predominantly Rome. He never exhibited at the Royal Academy and yet became a fashionable portraitist. In 1781 he first met Emma Hart; his muse until her marriage to Sir William Hamilton when she gave up sitting to the artist. Portraits of Emma, many impersonating mythological or allegorical characters, are now his best known works. He retired to Kendal, to the home of his estranged wife Mary, three years before his death.
    Henry Scott Bridgewater was a mezzotint engraver of portraits and sentimental subjects. His engravings were made after 18th- and early 19th-century works by British artists, as well as works by contemporary artists.
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    Ward, Lady Arabella (née Crosbie)
    Materials & Techniques
    chine collé, mezzotint
  • Details
    Lady Arabella Ward (née Crosbie) (1757-1813)
    published 1904
    Mezzotint with chine collé
    height: 78.80 cm, width: 56.30 cm
    Origin uncertain
    below image [left] intaglio stamp FNY surrounded by PRINTSELLERS ASSOCIATION [right, in pencil] H. Scott Bridgewater; [centre] 'Lady Arabella Ward'/ (Mezzotint Engraving) / after / George Romney
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