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Catherine, Lady Bampfylde

A work made of mezzotint on laid ivory paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of mezzotint on laid ivory paper.




Thomas Watson (English, 1743-1781)
after Sir Joshua Reynolds (English, 1723-1792)

About this artwork

Considered one of the greatest of all English mezzotints, this print of Lady Catherine Bampfydle demonstrates precisely why artists in 18th-century Britain adopted the process in such earnest. During this time, mezzotint was primarily used to translate oil paintings into printed form rather than for original expression. This portrait of Lady Bampfydle exemplifies the delicate uses of half tones to convey rich texture and depth. Reynolds’s model contributes its witty adaptation in reverse of the famous antique Venus de’ Medici. Though fully clothed (unlike the sculpture), this society Venus languidly gestures as if to cover herself from prying eyes.


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Prints and Drawings


Thomas Watson


Catherine, Lady Bampfylde


England (Artist's nationality:)

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Mezzotint on laid ivory paper


Image: 59.9 × 37.8 cm (23 5/8 × 14 15/16 in.); Plate: 63.8 × 37.9 cm (25 1/8 × 14 15/16 in.); Sheet: 65.1 × 41.2 cm (25 11/16 × 16 1/4 in.)

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William McCallin McKee Memorial Endowment

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