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Mr. Bowden in the Character of Robin Hood

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    15/12/1787 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812 (engraver)
    Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812 (publisher)
    Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mezzotint

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs E. B. Westwood

  • Museum number:

    E.549-1959

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PP, shelf 33

Physical description

Portrait, half-length, nearly left profile, in the role of Robin Hood and standing in a forest. The sitter wears a hat adorned with feathers and clutches a bow in his right hand.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

15/12/1787 (published)

Artist/maker

Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812 (engraver)
Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812 (publisher)
Smith, John Raphael, born 1752 - died 1812 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Mezzotint

Marks and inscriptions

'Painted & Engraved by J. R. Smith Mezzotinto Engraver to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales & His Serene Highness the Duke of Orleans. London Publish'd Decr 15th 1787 by J. R. Smith No.31 King Street Covent Garden.'
Lettered with name of sitter and

Dimensions

Height: 39.4 cm, Width: 27.6 cm

Historical context note

The comic opera entitled Robin Hood or Sherwood Forest was first produced at Covent Garden, 18 October 1787.

Descriptive line

Print depicting Wright Bowden in the character of Robin Hood. Mezzotint by John Raphael Smith, 1787.

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.

Techniques

Mezzotint

Subjects depicted

Actor; Bow; Woodland

Categories

Prints; Portraits

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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