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John Raphael Smith, 1752–1812, British
after Johan Joseph Zoffany RA, 1733–1810, German, active in Britain (from 1760)
Published by John Raphael Smith, 1752–1812, British

The Watercress Girl

Mezzotint on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
15 x 10 7/8 inches (38.1 x 27.6 cm), 15 x 10 7/8 inches (38.1 x 27.6 cm), and 13 5/8 x 10 7/8 inches (34.6 x 27.6 cm)

Inscribed in graphite, lower right: "58"; on back, lower center: "260"; on back, lower right: "m4164 50 | pair"

Lettered in black ink, lower left: "Painted by J. Zoffanÿ R.A.,"; lower center: London Publish'd Septembr. the 9th. 1780 by J R Smith, No. 10 Balemans Buildings Soho & Birchall No. 473 Strand"; lower right: "Engraved by J.R.Smith"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
basket | bonnet | cape | dress | genre subject | girl | hood | street vendor | vegetables | watercress
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IIIF Manifest:

David Hansen, Dempsey's People : a Folio of British Street Portraits 1824 - 1844, Canberra, Australia : National Portrait Gallery, 2017, p. 232, NJ18 D4197 +H36 2017 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Victoria Manners, John Zoffany, R.A. His Life and Works. 1735-1810, , John Lane, London, 1920, pp. 259, 308, NJ18.Z68 +M3 1920 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Martin Postle, Angels & urchins, the fancy picture in 18th-century British art , Djanogly Art Gallery in association with Lund Humphries, Nottingham, 1998, pp. 79-80, cat. no. 57, ND1452 G7 P67 1998 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

Martin Postle, Johan Zoffany, RA : Society Observed, , Yale University Press, New Haven, 2011, p. 228, cat. no. 52, NJ18 Z68 + A12 2011 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]

John Chaloner Smith, British mezzotint portraits, being a descriptive catalogue of these engravings from the introduction of the art to the early part of the present century . Arranged according to the engravers ; the inscriptions given at full length ; and the variations of state precisely set forth ; a , H. Sotheran & Co., London, 1884, vol. 3, pp. 1320-21, cat. no. 200, NE265 .S65 1884 (YCBA) Another copy available in Prints and Drawings [YCBA]

Mary Webster, Johan Zoffany, 1733-1810, National Portrait Gallery, London, 1976, p. 70, no. 89, NJ18 Z68 W43 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Mary Webster, Johan Zoffany, 1733-1810, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2011, pp. 374, 399, 400, 401, 651, fig. 298, NJ18 Z68 W43 2011 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

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