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ID number:  BIRBI-39.9
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  McArdell, James (1729-1765); after Reynolds, Joshua (1723-1792)
Title / Object name:  Lady Ann Dawson (Née Fermor)
Object type:  Print
Place made:  London
Culture:  British
Date made:  1754
Materials:  Mezzotint
Measurements:  Paper: 380 x 278 mm; mount: 630 x 515 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Messrs. P. & D. Colnaghi, 1939, for £4

This print reproduces one of the first portraits that Reynolds painted on his return from his studies in Italy. Lady Ann Dawson (1733-1769) is shown in the guise of Diana the virgin goddess of hunting, with a spear, crescent moon on her forehead, and a greyhound. The painting was made at the time of her engagement when such fanciful conceits were thought flattering.

McArdell produced many mezzotints after Reynolds’ portraits. They provided good publicity for an artist seeking to establish his reputation. There was also a ready market for images of the wealthy, powerful or famous.

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Reynolds, Joshua
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