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Print - Serena
  • Serena
    Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812
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Serena

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    28/09/1782 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812 (engraver)
    Romney, George, born 1734 - died 1802 (artist)
    Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812 (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mezzotint on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.2929

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DG, shelf 100

Physical description

Print depicting a young woman, seated and reading a book by candlelight.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

28/09/1782 (published)

Artist/maker

Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812 (engraver)
Romney, George, born 1734 - died 1802 (artist)
Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812 (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Mezzotint on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Painted by G. Romney Engrav'd by J.R. Smith Serena London Publish'd Septr. 28. 1782 by J.R. Smith No.83 opposite the Pantheon, Oxford Street.'
Lettered

'Sweet Evelina's fascinating power / Had first beguil'd of sleep her midnight hour. / Possest by Sympathy's enchanting sway, / She read, unconscious of the dawning day. / see canto 1. of the Triumphs of Temperby Mr. Hayley'
Lettered with verse

Object history note

Serena is the heroine of the poem 'Triumphs of Temper' by William Hayley (1745-1820).

Descriptive line

'Serena'. Print depicting a young woman, seated and reading a book by candlelight. Mezzotint by John Raphael Smith after George Romney, 1782.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum : Printed by G.E. Eyre and W. Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1874.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Mezzotint

Subjects depicted

Candle; Book; Woman; Reading

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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