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The Dilettanti Society: P.15118-R

Object information

Current Location: In storage


The Dilettanti Society


Printmaker: Turner, Charles
Painter: Reynolds, Joshua (After)




The first plate by Turner after the second of Reynolds' group portraits of the Society, known as the 'gem' picture (1777-9; Mannings, 511; The Society of Dilettanti, London). Seven men sitting or standing around a table with a curtain behind to the right and columns with entablature behind and to the left. Several round pieces of fruit, wine glasses and bottles are on the table. Seated at the far left, Constantine John Phipps, 2nd Lord Mulgrave gestures over his shoulder towards Thomas, Lord Dundas, standing, who holds a gem up to the light between the thumb and forefinger of his right hand. Lord Seaforth, seated to the right, looks at a ring held in his right hand. Charles Greville, almost in profile to the right, raises a full glass of wine together with John Charles Crowle and the Duke of Leeds. Sir Joseph Banks seated at the far right is viewed in profile and examines a ring held outwards into the centre of the table.


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 second plate of the Dilettanti Society by Say after Reynolds, both 'provenance unknown'.

Acquisition and important dates

by Unknown


19th Century
1800 - 1820


Mezzotint. Plate 1, after artists' and sitters' names. Lettered in italics below the image at left: 'Sir Joshua Reynolds pinx.t' to the right: 'Turner sculp'. The sitters' names given below as: 'Lord Mulgrave'; 'Lord Dundas'; Lord Seaforth'; Hon.ble Charles Greville'; Charles Crowle Esq.'; Duke of Leeds'; Sir Joseph Banks'. Inscribed in graphite on the verso: '15'. See also P.15073-R, an impression of the second plate by Say.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: P.15118-R
Primary reference Number: 240148
Whitman (Turner): 159.I
Hamilton: II/II
O'Donoghue: Pl.1 (Groups, p.56)
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Created: Thursday 9 January 2020 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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