James Watson after Sir Joshua Reynolds
Francis Russell, Marquess of Tavistock
13 x 17.5 inches
A three-quarter length mezzotint portrait by James Watson after the painting by Joshua Reynolds; published in London in 1767.
This handsome portrait depicts Francis Russell (1739-67) as Lord Tavistock, in thoughtful pose surrounded by the accoutrements of his Grand Tour travels in Italy. There is a bronze statuette of Samson and a book of classical etchings. He sits at a carved table with satyr mask and rests his head upon his left hand. Joshua Reynolds painted the portrait between 1765 and 1766 when Tavistock was in his late twenties. His sister Caroline married George, the 4th Duke of Marlborough thereby uniting two illustrious aristocratic families.