• Miss Western and Mr Square – a Scene from Tom Jones -
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    Inscribed verso: Mifs Western & Square/Tom Jones

    Pen and brown ink and grey wash

    20.9 by 28.7 cm., 8 by 11 1/4 inches

     

    Farington took an interest in the career of Robert Smirke and helped him become a member of the Royal Academy. They collaborated on a number of projects in the 1790s with Farington drawing the landscape and Smirke the figures. They made illustrations for five scenes from Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsorfor Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery (see Joseph Farington – Watercolours and Drawings, Exhibition Catalogue, 1977, nos. 81-82, ill. pp. 114-5). They also worked on illustrations for Tom Jones, the 1749 novel by Henry Fielding. A drawing of Square’s courtship of Mrs Blifil by Farington and Smirke was sold at Sotheby’s on 10th March 1988, lot 39.

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