Mrs. Robinson ["Perdita"]

John Raphael Smith (British, baptized Derby 1751–1812 Doncaster)
After George Romney (British, Beckside, Lancashire 1734–1802 Kendal, Cumbria)
John Raphael Smith (British, baptized Derby 1751–1812 Doncaster)
Portrait of Mary "Perdita" Robinson (British, 1758–1800)
August 21, 1781
Mezzotint, printed in color with touches of watercolor; second state of two
image: 12 3/16 x 9 3/4 in. (31 x 24.8 cm)
plate: 14 3/4 x 10 3/4 in. (37.4 x 27.3 cm)
sheet: 15 3/4 x 11 5/8 in. (40 x 29.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1953
Accession Number:
Not on view
Signature: in plate: "Painted by G. Romney"; "Engrav'd by J. R. Smith"

Inscription: in plate: "London. Publish'd August 1781 by J. R. Smith No. 83 opposite the Pantheon Oxford Street"
Princes of Liechtenstein; Vendor: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
Chaloner Smith 141; Frankau 291 ii/ii; D'Oench 178
John Raphael Smith A Catalogue of Prints Published by J. R. Smith, (No. 31) King Street, Covent Garden. London, ca. 1798, cat. no. 7.

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. 1298, no. 141.

Henry Percy Horne An Illustrated Catalogue of Engraved Portraits and Fancy Subjects painted by Thomas Gainsborough, RA...and by George Romney...with the Variations of the State of the Plates. London, 1891, cat. no. 105.

Julia Frankau John Raphael Smith: His Life and Works. London, 1902, cat. no. 291 ii/ii, pp. 201-202.

Charles E. Russell English Mezzotinto Portraits and Their States. vol. II, London and New York, 1926, cat. no. 141, p. 300.

Lillian Arvilla Hall Catalogue of Dramatic Portraits in the Harvard College Theatre Collection. 4 vols., 1930–1934, vol. III, p. 431.

Ellen D'Oench "Copper into Gold": Prints by John Raphael Smith, 1751–1812. New Haven and London, 1999, cat. no. 178, pp. 86, 173, 211.

Cindy McCreery The Satirical Gaze: Prints of Women in Late Eighteenth-Century England. Oxford, 2004, p. 84.