Three Persons viewing the Gladiator by Candlelight 1769
Mezzotint by William Pether after Joseph Wright of Derby.
Outstanding impression in the earliest recorded state of the plate.
A truly exceptional early proof impression of this magnificent large mezzotint with the upper half of the inscription space still grey and with the early scratched inscription; before the inscription was strengthened and before the entire title space was burnished clean. In this earliest proof state, the mezzotint burr is totally fresh and the soft copper plate shows absolutely no signs of wear.