REINAGLE, After Philip (1749-1833)
[London: Random and Sneath, 1 February 1808]. Aquatint, coloured by hand, by Frederick Christian Lewis and George Maile (shaved with loss of publication line, expert repair touching image area). Image size (including text): 14 1/4 x 19 1/2 inches. Sheet size: 16 1/8 x 20 1/8 inches.
One of a series of shooting subjects, after Reinagle, published between 1806 and 1810.
The exact number in the series is open to question: Siltzer calls for 10, and Charles Lane 14. Philip Reinagle "animal and landscape painter, was born in 1749. He entered the schools of the Royal Academy in 1769, and afterwards became a pupil of Allan Ramsay (1713-1784), whom he assisted in the numerous portraits of George III and Queen Charlotte. He exhibited first at the Royal Academy in 1773, sending portraits almost exclusively until 1785, when the monotonous work of producing replicas of royal portraits appears to have given him a distaste for portraiture, and to have led him to abandon it for animal painting. He became very successful in his treatment of sporting dogs, especially spaniels, of birds, and of dead game. In 1787, however, he sent to the academy a View taken from Brackendale Hill, Norfolk, and from that time his exhibited works were chiefly landscapes. He was elected an associate of the Royal Academy in 1787, but did not become an academician until 1812, when he presented as his diploma picture An Eagle and a Vulture disputing with a Hyæna. He likewise exhibited frequently at the British Institution." (DNB).
Lane Sporting Aquatints and their Engravers I, p.60 & II, p.53; Siltzer p.236.