Francis HAWARD after Sir Joshua Reynolds
To the QUEEN’S most excellent MAJESTY This plate of HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS, George PRINCE OF WALES is with Her Gracious Permission humbly Dedicated by Her Majesty’s most dutiful Subject & Servant, Francis Haward
A black and white stipple and line etching by Francis Haward after the portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds, published in London in 1793.
Francis Haward (1759 – 1797) was an engraver who lived and worked in London, initially in mezzotint but latterly in line and stipple. He concentrated on portraiture and allegorical subjects after his contemporaries and his portrait of the Prince of Wales is perhaps his most accomplished work. He studied at The RA Schools in his youth and was elected to the position of Associate Engraver before being appointed Engraver to the Prince of Wales.
This magnificent study of the Prince of Wales depicts the future king in all his military prowess with one hand clasped around his sabre and the other resting upon the back of his very muscular and powerful charger. Such an overtly masculine image is far removed from the more frequently depicted, dandified voluptuary so beloved by the caricaturists of the day.
24½ x 16½ inches