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Monsieur de St. George

Artist:
William Ward (British, London 1766–1826 London)
Artist:
After Mather Brown (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1761–1831 London)
Sitter:
Chevalier de St. George (French, Guadeloupe 1745–1799 Paris)
Publisher:
Thomas Bradshaw (London)
Date:
April 4, 1788
Medium:
Mezzotint on laid paper
Dimensions:
plate: 14 7/8 x 10 7/8 in. (37.8 x 27.6 cm) sheet: 16 1/2 x 12 5/16 in. (41.9 x 31.2 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1953
Accession Number:
53.600.4837
Not on view
Signature: in plate, lower left: "Painted by M. Brown;" lower right: "Engraved by W. Ward"; below: London Publish'd April 4th 1788 by Bradshaw No.4 Coventry Street".

Inscription: in plate below image: "Monsieur de St. George/ From an Original Picture at Mr. H. Angelo's Academy"; and verses in French: "Dans les armes jamais on ne vit son egal./ Musicien charmant, compositeur habile,/ à la nage, au patin, à la chasse, à cheval,/ tout exercise enfin pour lui semble facile,/ et dans tous, il découvre un mode original./ Si joindre a ses talens autant de modestie/ Est le nec plus ultra de l'Hercule Français;/ C'est que son bon esprit exempt de jalousie,/ N'a trouvé le bonheur en cette courte vie/ que dans les vrais amis que son coeur s'etoit faits." [He had no equal in arms. A charming musician and clever composer, adept at swimming, skating, hunting and riding to whom all exercise seems easy and where he demonstrates originality. Since he adds modesty to his many talents, we can dub him the ultimate French Hercules whose spirit, untainted by jealousy, find happiness in this short life in true friendship.]
Princes of Liechtenstein; Vendor: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 25, 2004–January 23, 2005.

Chaloner Smith IV.1478.70; O'Donoghue IV, p. 10.
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