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Maker(s):Laurie, Robert (engraver); Sayer, Robert (publisher); Zoffany, Johann (after)
Title:Charlotte Queen of Great Britain
Date Made:1773
Materials:mezzotint on paper; paper; ink
Place Made:Great Britain: Greater London, London
Measurements:Frame: 22 1/4 x 18 1/4 in; 56.5 x 46.4 cm; Sight: 15 7/8 x 11 7/8 in; 40.3 x 30.2 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2023.11
Credit Line:Museum Collections Fund
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

Mezzotint of Charlotte Queen of Great Britain. Lettered below the image with the title, and "J.Zoffany pinxt, 1771 / Robt.Sayer Excudit / R.Lawrey fecit 1772 / Done from an Original Picture in the Possession of His Majesty. / Published by Robt. Sayer, No. 53 in Fleet Street as the Act directs 1st. Feb 1773". Condition: The print appears to be in very good condition, no staining or signs of wear.

Label Text:
This print of Queen Charlotte is based on her portrait by Johan Zoffany. Historic Deerfield also owns the corresponding print of King George III based on a painting by Zoffany, HD 1797.1. Robert Laurie (c. 1755–1836) was an Anglo-Scottish mezzotint engraver and publisher. His earliest portraits in mezzotint are dated 1771. He was a relatively early British user of the à la poupée method of printing in colours, extending the number of colours considerably, and for this received from the Society of Arts in 1776 a bounty of thirty guineas. Early in 1794, in partnership with James Whittle, he succeeded to the business carried on by Robert Sayer at the Golden Buck in Fleet Street, London as a publisher of engravings, maps, charts, and nautical works. Laurie then gave up the practice of engraving. He retired from business in 1812, and the firm continued as Whittle & Laurie, but the business was run by his son, Richard Holmes Laurie, who, on the death of Whittle in 1818, became the sole proprietor.

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