Print 'The Huntsman'
Hand colored mezzotint ‘The Huntsman with his Dog’ by John Smith. English, early 18th century…
Depicting a hunter in frock and hat, a long rifle in hand, accompanied by his dog, at the edge of the forest. Signed with initials ‘JS’ in the plate in the lower right hand corner. Wessely 447, only state. England, early 18th century.
This mezzotint is hand colored with red, rust, blue and green watercolors.
Collectors mark on the reverse, most likely that of William Edwards (1754 – 1821), London (Lugt 2616). Other text in pencil on the reverse.
In very good condition – no damages or restorations to the paper. Trimmed outside the plate mark with a small border. Presented on a sheet attached with a tape hinge at center top.
John Smith (1652 - 1742) was one of the most highly-regarded and successful of English engravers. He was one of the earliest artists to work in the medium of Mezzotint, starting from 1683. Smith’s exceptional results played an important role in elevating the medium to rival traditional engraving methods.
A lovely impression, subtle and nuanced, of an engaging scene. Nicely hand colored. Very decorative.
Height: 14 cm
Width: 16.5 cm