Miss Kitty Dressing

A work made of mezzotint, with traces of engraving, in dark brown on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of mezzotint, with traces of engraving, in dark brown on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1781

Artist:

Thomas Watson (English, 1743-1781)
after Joseph Wright of Derby (English, 1734-1797)

About this artwork

Thomas Watson was one of the most gifted mezzotint engravers of his generation. In this intimate and slightly humorous example after a painting by Joseph Wright of Derby, he achieved a convincing sense of interior candlelight illumination through his soft touch. The portraits in this image appear to depict the same girls found in Wright’s similarly lit composition An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, an oil painting now in the National Gallery in London.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Thomas Watson

Title

Miss Kitty Dressing

Origin

United Kingdom

Date

1781

Medium

Mezzotint, with traces of engraving, in dark brown on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

409 x 329 mm (image); 453 x 330 mm (plate); 587 x 460 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Elizabeth Glore Memorial and Print and Drawing Purchase funds

Reference Number

2002.104

Extended information about this artwork

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