John Samuel Agar 1773-1858. British School late 18th.Century watercolour drawing. An Allegory of Charity. Executed on wove Whatman type paper laid to card backing, signed and dated 1799. 8.5 by 12 cms. Image. 22.5 by 27 cms. Overall in mount.
Agar was an English portrait painter and engraver, who exhibited his works at the Royal Academy from 1796 to 1806 and at the British Institution until 1811. Following a bankruptcy he did not exhibit again until 1836. He was at one time president of the Society of Engravers. His engravings were chiefly in stipple after his own designs and those of others. They include works after Richard and Maria Cosway, Adam Buck and a series of allegories of the months after Edward Francis Burney, largely published by Rudolph Ackermann.