- Mezzotint on moderately thick, moderately textured, beige, laid paper
- Sheet: 22 3/16 × 16 1/4 inches (56.4 × 41.3 cm), Plate: 19 7/8 × 14 inches (50.5 × 35.6 cm), and Image: 17 9/16 × 13 15/16 inches (44.6 × 35.4 cm)
Lettered, lower left: "Painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds."; lettered, lower right: "Engrav'd by Thos. Watson."; lettered, lower center: "Sinks to the grave with unperceiv'd decay; | While RESIGNATION gently slopes the way, | And all his prospects brightening to the last, | His heaven commences 'ere the world be past. | This attempt to express a Character in The Deserted Village, is dedicated to Dr. Goldsmith, by his sincere Friend & admirer, | Joshua Reynolds. | London Publish'd March 1st, 1772, by S.Hooper, No.25, Ludgate hill, W.Shropshisre, No.120, New Bond Street, & T.Watson, No.8 Broad Street."
- Credit Line:
- Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
- Copyright Status:
- Public Domain
- Accession Number:
- Prints and Drawings
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Thomas Watson, 1743–1781, British, Resignation, 1772
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