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1751 Derby – 1812 Doncaster


Portrait of Joseph Warton, Master of Winchester College1777 (published in 1815)


Mezzotint after Joshua Reynolds. Size of sheet: 37.2 x 27.4 cm.


Lettered below the image 'Painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Engraved by J. R. Smith. Published Augt. 1st. 1815. by E. Dorrell, No.13, Upper Castle Street, Leicester Square.' Printed on soft, laid/woven paper. In fine condition.


Hamilton, 1884, A catalogue raisonné of the engraved works of Sir Joshua Reynolds (p.71.II);Frankau 1902/ John Raphael Smith, his life and works (367.II); Russell 1926 / English Mezzotint Portraits and their states: Catalogue of Corrections of and Additions to Chaloner Smith's "British Mezzotinto Portraits" (173.II).



John Raphael Smith: Portrait of Joseph Warton

  • Joseph Warton (1722 – 1800) was an English academic and literary critic. Joseph was educated at Winchester College and at Oriel College, Oxford, and followed his father into the church. In 1755, he returned to his old school to teach, and from 1766 to 1793 was its headmaster. His career as a critic was more illustrious, however, and he produced editions of classical poets such as Virgil as well as English poets including John Dryden. Like his brother, he was a friend of Samuel Johnson, and formed part of the literary coterie centred on the publisher Robert Dodsley.

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