Samuel Reynolds. The Seven Virtues. 1820 / 1826
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Directory: Fine Art: Prints: Engravings: Pre 1837 VR: item # 1218109
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A set of small mezzotint engravings representing the Seven Virtues: Prudence, Justice, Temperance, Fortitude, Faith, Hope and Charity. These were engraved by Samuel Reynolds after the lower panels of Sir Joshua Reynolds’ stained glass window in New College chapel, Oxford.
Samuel William Reynolds (1773-1835) was a distinguished and influential engraver and painter. Among his pupils was the great mezzotint engraver, Samuel Cousins. He exhibited in London and in Paris, and in 1820 was appointed portrait engraver to the king, George III. The National Portrait Gallery in London has many examples of his work.
Between 1820 and 1826 he published over 350 engravings, mostly in mezzotint, after the work of his namesake, Sir Joshua Reynolds. These amounted to a complete catalogue of all the then accessible works by that artist. In the 1830’s the plates were re-worked and published by Moon, Boys & Graves and Hodgson & Graves. The prints on offer here are from the rarer early edition as published by the engraver.
A copy of “Temperance" is in the print collection of the British Museum (1920,0508.67/AN694404001).
Very good condition with occasional light foxing.
These are genuine antique prints, nearly 200 years old. They are not reproductions.
Please note that the digital watermark on the photographs here is NOT on the original prints.
Artist: Sir Joshua Reynolds (English 1723-1792)
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