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Kitty fisher

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    late 18th century (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Watson, James (engraver)
    Bowles, John, born 1701 - died 1779 (publisher)
    Reynolds, Joshua (Sir), born 1723 - died 1792 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mezzotint

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs E. B. Westwood

  • Museum number:

    E.644-1959

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PP, shelf 41

Physical description

Portrait, three-quarter-length, seated in a chair and facing left. The sitter is depicted as Cleopatra in classical costume. In her left hand she holds a cup and in the other a pearl, which she dips into it. On her head she is wearing a crown.

Place of Origin

London (printed)

Date

late 18th century (printed)

Artist/maker

Watson, James (engraver)
Bowles, John, born 1701 - died 1779 (publisher)
Reynolds, Joshua (Sir), born 1723 - died 1792 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Mezzotint

Marks and inscriptions

'Miss Kitty Fischer. J. Reynolds pinxt. J. Watson fecit Printed for John Bowles at No.13 in Cornhill.'
Lettered

Dimensions

Height: 14.9 cm, Width: 11.4 cm

Descriptive line

Print, three-quarter-length portrait of Catherine Maria Fischer (Kitty Fisher) as Cleopatra dissolving the pearl. Mezzotint by James Watson, after Sir Joshua Reynolds, late 18th century.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1959 . London: HMSO, 1964.

Production Note

Reynolds' original portrait was painted in 1759.

Techniques

Mezzotint

Subjects depicted

Courtesan; Pearl

Categories

Prints; Portraits

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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