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Inscription

lower left in plate: Painted by H. Fuseli; lower center in plate: LEAR & CORDELIA / Cor. Sir do you know me Lear. You are a spirit I know, where did you die / London Publish'd May 21 1784 by I.R. Smith No. 83 Oxford Street King Lear Act 4th; lower right in plate: Engraved by J.R. Smith Mezzotinto Engraver, to / his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. / From the Original in the possession of Wm Lock Esqr.

Provenance

Princes of Liechtenstein (according to NS, from mount). Christopher Lennox-Boyd; (Nicholas Stogdon, Oxford); purchased 2001 by NGA.

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.
1902
Frankau, Julia. John Raphael Smith: His Life and Works. London: MacMillan and Co., 1902.