William Wynne Ryland after Angelica Kauffman; Venus 1700's
'O Venus Regina Cnidi Paphique....'
Original sepia stipple engraving
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'O Venus Regina Cnidi Paphique....
William Wynne Ryland
Angelica Kauffmann;1741-1807. Swiss neoclassical painter and graphic artist. Protégée of Sir Joshua Reynolds, after her marriage in 1781 to the Venetian painter Antonio Zucchi, she lived in Italy, where she flourished in artistic and literary circles.
William Wynne Ryland; 1733-1783, British publisher printer. Trained in London with his father Edward Ryland and with S. F. Ravenet, and in Paris with Boucher and Le Bas; in 1761 appointed engraver to the King. 1765-71, was in partnership with former apprentice Henry Bryer as printsellers, but the firm went bankrupt. In 1774 Ryland began series of stipples after Kauffman. Eventually executed for forging bills of exchange.
An early original tondo stipple engraving in red/brown ink, the image measuring approximately 30 cms (12 ins.) in diameter, printed within a fine but evident platemark and impression on an early laid paper sheet size 40 cms. x 59 cms (16 x 23 ins.) with full margins and makers watermark.
Unframed and unmounted, the condition of the image and the sheet is fair with small edge tears, soiling, toning and handling marks condusive with age.