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Antique Mezzotint Portrait of The Earl of Willmington
by John Faber II after Sir Godfrey Kneller

Spencer Compton Earl of Willmington by John Faber II after Sir Godfrey Kneller - Mezzotint
 

The wonderful tonal quality of the mezzotint is beautifully illustrated by this 18th century portrait of Spencer Compton by John Faber II after the painting by Sir Godfrey Kneller.
Inscribed on original backing paper - 'Speaker of the House of Commons, son of Mary Noel daughtre of Vicount Compton'.


Condition: Good bold image, tacked to board at top and bottom (not laid down), some minor rub marks, bottom right.

Title: Spencer Compton Earl of Willmington
Medium: Mezzotint 1736 Image Size: 355 x 257mm, 14 x 10"
Order No. 7116 Price: £295.00 Paper Size: 400 x 274mm, 15.75 x 10.75"
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Biography:
John Faber II c.1695 - 1756
Well known Dutch Mezzotint engraver of portraits and decorative subjects after his contemporaries and Old Master painters. Born at Holland, he was the son of Jhon Faber I who brought him to England at the end of the 17th century.

He published most of his engravings himself from various addresses in and around the Strand. Immensely productive, he engraved portraits from the period of Kneller right up to the time of Reynolds, and was mainly responsible for preseving the continuity of mezzotint during that period.


Sir Godfrey Kneller
Born in Germany, first studied in Amsterdam under Bol and later in Italy. In the mid 1670’s, he moved to England and became the leading court and society painter around the beginning of the reign of James II. In 1689, when Wililam III and Mary II took the throne, Kneller became their principal painter along with John Riley. He was knighted in 1692 and became a baronet under George I in 1715.

Kneller had a large output, mainly due to his many assistants. The majority of his work was quick and mechanical, but he paid better attention to his portraits when the sitters held higher importance.

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