‘Marchioness of Wharton’
Mezzotint engraving on hand laid (vergé type) paper. Watermark: J. Whatman.
Sheet size: 53.5 x 41 cm. Image size: 40 x 29 cm.
Source: first published by John Boydell in London, 1776.
Made by R. Earlom after Sir Peter Lely. Richard Earlom (1743-1822) was an reknown English mezzotint engraver. He displayed great skill as a draughtsman, and at the same time acquired without assistance the art of engraving in mezzotint. Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680) was a painter of Dutch origin, whose career was nearly all spent in England, where he became the dominant portrait painter to the court.
Condition: Good, given age. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
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