John Faber II, English, 1695-1756; after Godfrey Kneller, English, 1646-1723
13 5/8 x 10
Catalogue raisonne: Chaloner Smith 165 i or ii
Inscription: Recto, in plate below design, "Her Grace the Duchess of Marlborough"; "G. Kneller S.R. imp. & Angl. Eques Avr.
pinx. 1705" at l.l.; "I. Smith fec" at c.; "Sold by I. Smith at ye Lyon & Crown in Russell Street Covent Garden" at l.r.
Scope and Content:
Beginning during the late seventeenth century and continuing throughout the eighteenth, an interest in reproducing the color
and tonal variations of painting led to the development of new techniques. Mezzotint, a process involving working in tonal
areas from dark to light, began to be used extensively in England as the favorite medium for portrait prints.