The prime version of this portrait, on canvas, was sold in these rooms, 24 November 1999, lot 56 (Private Collection). That painting, which has slight variations in the composition, was engraved by John Raphael Smith and published in June 1779. The print was a huge commercial success and as a result this image became one of the artist's most celebrated compositions. Another version, catalogued as being 35 x 27 1/2 in. was sold at Christie's, 15 April 1912, for £30.9s to Turner, though no mention was given of the medium.
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