Arshi Usta, Officer & Cook, of the Janissaries.Engraved from the Collection of the Rt. Honble. Lord Baltimore.
Publd. accordg. to Act of Parlt. July 25, 1768.
Engraving, 260 x 185mm. 10¼ x 7¼". Trimmed to plate. A couple of stains.
The Janissaries comprised infantry units that formed the Turkish Sultan's household troops and bodyguards. After Francis Smith (fl.1760s) painter, apparently born in Naples, where he painted topographical views for the tourist trade. He accompanied Frederick Calvert, 6th Baron Baltimore (1731 - 1771, named in inscription) to the Levant 1763-4, then exhibited in London 1768-73. From a series of Ottoman costume plates and portraits, numbered 'Tav. XIV' upper right.
for a better impression of this print see ref. 30134
[Ref: 11698] £140.00