WILLIAM DANIELL R.A. (1769-1837)
Portraits of Artists and Writers
GEORGE DANCE R.A. (1741-1825)
These drawings were all made by William Daniell R.A. (1769-1837) after drawings George Dance the Younger R.A. (1741-1825) ‘sketched from life’ between 1793 and 1810.
‘Dance particularly enjoyed making portrait drawings, and on weekends, released temporarily from his onerous duties as the Clerk of Works of the City of London, he drew “profiles” […] of his family and friends. Dance regarded this activity as “a great relaxation from the severed studies and more laborious employment of my professional life” […]’. (Gillian Forrester, in Wilcox, Forrester, O’Neil, Sloan, The Line of Beauty: British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2001. p. 29, Cat. No.14).
The drawings below were all made by Daniell as part of the process of making soft-ground etchings after Dance’s portraits. The prints were published by Daniell from 1802, and finally bound in two volumes and re-published in 1814 as A Collection of Portraits sketched from the Life since the Year 1793 by George Dance Esqr. R.A. and engraved in imitation of the Original Drawings by William Daniell, A.R.A.. Daniell’s soft-grounds can be viewed on the NPG website (CLICK HERE) as can examples of George Dance’s original portraits (CLICK HERE).