Pressly, W.L. Paintings in the Folger Shakespeare Library: 52
Folger call number: FPa46
Folger holdings ID: 230100
The Folger picture is either a preparatory study for the large painting commissioned by Thomas Macklin for the British Poets' Gallery or a reduced copy by Rigaud for the engraving after it. It is more likely the latter, as the image in the print (14x 17 1/8 in.) is almost identical in size to the Folger painting. The Macklin painting, which measures 240.1 by 330.2 centimeters, was shown in the 1981 Summer Exhibition at the Heim Gallery, London, no. 20. It is now at Spencer House, London Engraving after the Macklin painting: Francesco Bartolozzi, published 30 November 1799, 17 x 19 7/8 in. (platemark). Stephen Rigaud, the artist's son, writes that Bartolozzi lent his name to the print even though "it hardly contains a stroke of his masterly hand" (Rigaud, Facts and Recollections [see note 2 below] p. 79) Edwin Parsons, Fine Art Dealer and Publisher, 5 Amersham Rd., Putney, London SW15 , May 1928, £33 less 10 percent, as Angelica Kauffmann's Lear and Cordelia Title from Pressly
Exhibited: Washington, D.C., Federal Reserve Board, "Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century English Painting," 1976-1977, no. 13, as Angelica Kauffmann's "Cordelia and King Lear"
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subject: Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400