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Print made by Pietro Antonio Martini, 1738–1797, Italian
after Johann Heinrich Ramberg, 1763–1840, German, active in Britain (1781–88)

The Exhibition of the Royal Academy, 1787

Engraving and etching on medium, slightly textured, cream paper
Sheet (trimmed to plate): 14 1/2 × 20 9/16 inches (36.9 × 52.2 cm) and Image: 12 5/8 × 19 7/16 inches (32 × 49.4 cm)

Lettered, below image, lower left: "H. Ramberg del [?]" ; below image, lower right: "P.A. Martini Parm.s fecit Londini 1787"; below image, center: " [3 words in Greek: OUDEIS - AMOUSOS - EISATO] | The EXHIBITION of the ROYAL ACADEMY 1787 | Publishd as the Act directs. July 1 1787 by the proprietor No 7 St. Georges Row. Oxford Road"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
architectural subject | bonnets (hats) | children | costume | crown | dogs (animals) | ear trumpet | exhibition | fans | frames (furnishings) | genre subject | paintings
Associated Places:
England | Europe | London | Royal Academy | United Kingdom
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Reynolds displayed many of his most ambitious portraits at the enormously popular public exhibitions hosted annually by London’s Royal Academy. For example, in this engraved view of the exhibition of 1787, Reynolds’s portrait of the Prince of Wales with a servant—which is reproduced on the panel nearby—may be seen at the very center of the far wall. The entry in the accompanying exhibition catalogue referred viewers only to the painting’s white sitter, "His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales."

Gallery label for Figures of Empire: Slavery and Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain (Yale Center for British Art, 2014-10-02 - 2014-12-14)

Figures of Empire : Slavery and Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2014, p. 43, V 2556 (YCBA)

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