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The Dilettanti Society (portraits of: Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, Sir John Taylor, Mr Stephen Payne-Gallwey, Sir William Hamilton, Mr Richard Thompson, Mr Spencer-Stanhope, Mr John Lewis Smyth): P.15073-R

Object information

Current Location: In storage

Titles

The Dilettanti Society (portraits of: Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, Sir John Taylor, Mr Stephen Payne-Gallwey, Sir William Hamilton, Mr Richard Thompson, Mr Spencer-Stanhope, Mr John Lewis Smyth)

Maker(s)

Printmaker: Say, William
Painter: Reynolds, Joshua (After)

Entities

Categories

Description

The second plate by Say after the first of Reynolds' group portraits of the Society, known as the 'vase' picture (1777-9; Mannings, 510; The Society of Dilettanti, London). Seven men sitting or standing around a table, drinking wine, a view of a parkland landscape to the left. The figure seated at the centre, Sir William Hamilton, points to an illustration of a Greek vase from his own collection and which stands on the table in front of him. The figure of Sir John Taylor, standing behind to the left, holds up a lady's garter for inspection.

Notes

History note: A curatorial inscription in Eric Chamberlain's hand written into Hamilton states that this print came into the Fitzwilliam collection framed as one of a pair with a framed impression of the first plate of the Dilettanti Society by Turner after Reynolds, both 'provenance unknown'.

Acquisition and important dates

by Unknown

Dating

18th Century#
Production date: AD 1812

Note

Mezzotint. Plate 2, after artists' and sitters' names. Lettered in italics below the image at left: 'Sir Joshua Reynolds pinx.t'; to the right: 'Say sculp'. The sitters' names given below as: 'S.r W. W. Wynn; S.r J. Taylor; Mr Payne Galway; S.r William Hamilton; Mr Richard Thompson; Mr Stanhope; Mr Smith of Heath'. Inscribed in graphite on the recto above the platemark at upper centre: '32'. Inscribed in graphite on the verso: '16'. See also P.15118-R, an impression of the first plate by Turner.

School or Style

British

Techniques used in production

Mezzotint

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.15073-R
Primary reference Number: 240103
Hamilton: II/II (p.22)
Chaloner Smith: undescribed (although listed as annotation under heading, 'W. Say' as 'Large Dilettanti Society')
O'Donoghue: Pl. 2 (Groups, p.56)
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 9 January 2020 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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