English Regency Sisters with Dog
Who are these dear little sisters? The print title has been cropped so we must guess. We know that the sisters are members of an English aristocratic family, as they are beautifully dressed in white billowy Regency dresses, satin slippers, a parasol protecting their lovely complexions and wearing a coral necklace and bracelet. Coral was quite valuable, admired for its color and beauty, worn as a talisman to protect the wearer. Our little sisters are quite companionable, draped over each other, petting their little white lap dog. Their portrait has been painted in a lush English landscape of park land, classical column and robust flowering hollyhock.
The painting from which this engraving was taken was created by Richard Cosway R.A. (English 1740-1821), a well respected and popular painter of portraits and miniatures. The imprint information in the lower right margin just beneath the image reads “Engraved by F. Seriven Historical Painter to H.R.H Princess of Wales.” Another clue that these were not ordinary little girls!
Mezzotint, aquatint engraving with full original hand color.
13 x 16.5 inches site, 20.5 x 23.5 inches outside framed dimensions.
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