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Print made by William Sharp, 1749–1824
and landscape by Samuel Smith, 1745–1808
after Richard Wilson, 1713/4–1782


Materials & Techniques:
Etching and line engraving on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 19 3/4 x 26 1/8 inches (50.2 x 66.4 cm), Plate: 19 1/2 x 26 inches (49.5 x 66 cm), Image: 17 1/8 × 24 3/8 inches (43.5 × 61.9 cm)

Lettered lower left: "The Figures Engraved by Willm. Sharp."; lower center: NIOBE | From the First Picture on that Subject Painted by Richard Wilson Esq. R.A. | In the Collection of Sir George Beaumont Bart. To whom this Plate is respectfully Dedicated by his obliged humble Servant Samuel Smith - | London Publifhed as the Act directs by S.Smith, No.58 Cattle ftreet eaft Oxford-ftreet May 31, 1792."; lower right: "The Landscape by Saml. Smith."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
angels | Apollo and Diana kill Niobe's children | arrows | bridge (built work) | busts | children | clouds | destruction | geology | Greek | heroine | legend | lightning | men | murder | religious and mythological subject | rocks (landforms) | science | sculpture | suffering | Suffering, misfortune of Niobe | waterfalls | women
Associated Places:
Boeotia | Greece | Thebes | Voíótía
Associated People:
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IIIF Manifest:

Picturesque and Sublime - Thomas Cole's Trans-Atlantic Inheritance (Thomas Cole National Historic Site, 2018-04-29 - 2018-11-04) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Richard Wilson and the Transformation of European Landscape Painting (Yale Center for British Art, 2014-03-06 - 2014-06-01) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Nobleness and Grandeur - Forging Historical Landscape in Britain, 1760 - 1850 (Yale Center for British Art, 2005-01-27 - 2005-04-24) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

The Romantic Print in the Age of Revolutions: Hero, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History (Yale Center for British Art, 2003-01-23 - 2003-06-01) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Timothy J. Barringer, Picturesque and sublime : Thomas Cole's trans-Atlantic inheritance, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2018, pp. 90-91, no. 3, NJ18 .C67 B37 2018 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Martin Postle, Richard Wilson and the transformation of European landscape painting, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2014, pp. 142, 290, 291, Cat. No. 111, fig. 121, NJ18.W72 R53 2014 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

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