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Inscription

lower left in plate: Josh. Wright Pinxit; lower center in plate: AN HERMIT. / Publish'd May 14th 1770. and Sold by Wm. Pether in Great Russell Street Bloomsby; lower right in plate: Wm Pether Fe

Provenance

Liechtenstein collection? Austrian private collection. (Christian Nebehay)1; Christopher Lennox-Boyd; (Nicholas Stogdon, Oxford); purchased 2001 by NGA.

1 Dealer notes

Bibliography
1884
Smith, John Chaloner. British mezzotinto portraits, being a descriptive catalogue of these engravings from the introduction of the art to the early part of the present century. 4 vols. London: Henry Sotheran and Co., 1884.
1990
Clayton, Tim. "Catalogue of Engraved Works," in Wright of Derby. London, 1990: 231-258.