Philip Dawe after Henry Morland
Lady's Maid Ironing [&] Lady's Maid Soaping Linen
12 x 16.5 inches
A pair of mezzotint engravings by Philip Dawe after the paintings by Henry Morland, published in London in 1774.
These charming images beautifully illustrate the subtlety of tone that can be achieved by mezzotint and are one from a series of female domestic studies undertaken by Philip Dawe in the 1770’s. What makes them even more fascinating is that the models used were drawn from the aristocracy, in this case the Countesses of Argyll and Coventry. During the latter half of the eighteenth century it was very fashionable for ladies of noble birth to dress up as romanticised versions of the lower orders; dairy maids and housemaids were particularly popular.
Philip Dawe was the son of a city merchant whom, it is said, worked under William Hogarth. He produced engravings after Hogarth and other contemporaries in addition to prints after his own designs. He is considered to be very talented at his art and a highly skilled mezzotint engraver. It is thought that he died, in London, at the beginning of the nineteenth century.