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'Johannes Smith (John Smith)' from volume "Mezzotintoes by Smith Vol I" 1716
CRE SMITH, John; (English; 1652-1743) AFTER KNELLER, Godfrey, Sir; (English; 1646-1723)
printed in black ink on paper
34.5 x 26
bound volume (dimensions 54 x 38 x 6)
inscr. on plate b.c. "Johannes Smith"; inscr. on plate b.l. "G. Kneller Eques pinx. 1696"; inscr. on plate b.r. "J. Smith fec. 1716"; inscr. on page t.r. hand-written in brown ink "1"
vol 3, cat 232 SMITH, John Chaloner 1880 British Mezzotinto Portraits, London, Henry Sotheran and Co. 1878-1883, 4 vols
Part of William Hunter's original bequest, this is one of three volumes which together contain 488 mezzotints, almost all made or published by John Smith. About two thirds are portraits of eminent late Stuart, early Hanoverian persons, and one third fancy and mythological subjects.
Instrumental in raising the standard of mezzotint portraits, Smith was the first British printmaker to gain a European reputation, and examples of his work were essential for any serious early to mid 18th century European print collection.
Hunter's set of volumes is a rare surviving example of a comprehensive collection of mezzotints compiled in the 1730s.
Smith's close association with leading portrait painter Godfrey Kneller, author of this portrait, was key to his success. From around 1690 almost all engravings after portraits by Kneller, were executed by Smith. In tribute to their relationship, Smith is depicted holding his mezzotint of a self portrait by Kneller. Smith intended this print to be a frontispiece to collections of his work.
PORTRAIT : HALF-LENGTH : ALBUM : CAP : FUR : HUNTER 2007 : PRINT : GODFREY KNELLER : ARTIST : MEZZOTINT : ENGRAVER : VOLUME : HUNTER VOLUME :