Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

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African Hospitality,

Mezzotint printed in dark brown ink on off-white laid paper

Print impression quality: Excellent

Dimensions (Plate): 481 x 655 mm (18.9 x 25.8 in.)

Inscribed: “Engraved by J.R. Smith Mezzotinto Engraver to his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales / Dauntless they plunge amidst the vengeful waves, / And snatch from death the lovely sinking fair— / Their friendly efforts lo! each Briton saves! / Perhaps their future Tyrants now they spare.“; “24 March 1814 by S. Morgan”

Edition: Published 1 February 1791 by Smith, King Street, Covent Garden

Accession number: 1997.16.2

Friends of the Davison Art Center funds, 1997

Provenance / Collectors' marks: From a collection in southern Germany that descended in the family of an eighteenth-century collector of more than 3,000 English prints; purchased through Nigel Talbot, Grosvenor Prints, on auction at Sotheby’s, 13 November 1997.

Bibliography: Smith cat. no. 245; Frankau 5.

Work Type: print

Related Works: The related painting was exhibited at the Society of Artists in 1790 (199). Companion to “Slave Trade,” DAC 1997.16.1.

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