After Rev Matthew William PETERS, R.A. (1741-1814)
"A Cremonese Lady"
Mezzotint by John Raphael Smith (1751–1812)
Published by John Boydell (1719-1804)
33.3 cm x 27.4 cm (Framed)
A depiction of a young lady in regional dress, wearing a fringed shawl draped over her shoulders, a necklace, and large hat decorated with flowers, within an oval. Lettered beneat the image with the title "A Cremonese Lady / In the Collection of John Taylor Esqr. / Painted by Wm. Peters. / Engraved by J.R. Smith / Published July 30th. 1776 by J. Boydell Engraver in Cheapside London". Neat ochre highlights added to the tasselled fringe and hat flowers.
Matthew William Peters painted a series of images of Italian beauties wearing regional costume. Here he depicts a lady from Cremona, in Italy’s Lombardy region, wearing a distinctive traditional regional costume of headdress and shawl. The mezzotints produced by John Raphael Smith after Peters' original paintings are all scarce.
Currently in a circa 1980's frame and mount.
Illustrated p.8, described p.60, Lady Victoria Manners, "Matthew William Peters, R.A: His Life and Works", London, The Connoisseur, 1913
For similar see British Museum [1874,0711.875] and Yale Center For British Art [B1970.3.597]
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