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The Right Honorable Lady Elizabeth Compton

Artist:
John Raphael Smith (British, baptized Derby 1751–1812 Doncaster)
Artist:
After Matthew William Peters (British, Freshwater, Isle of Wight 1742–1814 Brasted, Kent)
Sitter:
Lady Elizabeth Compton (British, 1760–1835)
Date:
February 24, 1780
Medium:
Mezzotint; first state of four
Dimensions:
Plate: 14 7/8 × 10 15/16 in. (37.8 × 27.8 cm) Sheet: 17 3/16 × 11 1/8 in. (43.7 × 28.2 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1941
Accession Number:
41.105.26
Not on view
Signature: in plate below image: "Painted by W. Peters, R. A." (scratched letters)

Inscription: in plate, below title: "Engraved & Publish'd by J. R. Smith, No. 10 Batesmans Buildings, Soho Square feb. 24th 1780 & at No. 171 Strand" (scratched letters)
inscribed in brown ink below plateline: "Lady Elizabeth Compton / Sole Daughter & Heiress of / Charles Earl of Northampton / by the Lady Anne Somerset / Eldest Daughter of Noel Duke of Beaufort. / 1780 / and Wife of Lord Geroge Henry Cavendish"
Erdmann estate sale (1941); Vendor: Oscar Lowenstein, for Edrmann estate
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," October 25, 2004–January 23, 2005.

Chaloner Smith 45 i; Frankau 89 i/iv; D'Oench 146
John Chaloner Smith British Mezzotinto Portraits...from the introduction of the art to the early part of the present century. Henry Sotheran & Company, vols. 1-4, 1878–83, vol. III, p. 1260, no. 45 i.

Julia Frankau John Raphael Smith: His Life and Works. London, 1902, cat. no. 89 i/iv, pp. 96-7.

Charles E. Russell English Mezzotinto Portraits and Their States. vol. II, London and New York, 1926, cat. no. 45, p. 285.

Ellen D'Oench "Copper into Gold": Prints by John Raphael Smith, 1751–1812. New Haven and London, 1999, cat. no. 146, p. 206.



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