Mr John Dryden Sr Samuel Garth Sr John Vanbrugh Sr Richard Steele.
Mezzotint, four oval portraits to one plate. 350 x 250mm (13¾ x 9¾"). A fine and rich impression with full margins.
One of the great mezzotints. Poet John Dryden (1631 - 1700), physician and poet Sir Samuel Garth (1661 - 1719), architect Sir John Vanbrugh (1664 - 1726), and essayist, dramatist and politician Sir Richard Steele (1672 - 1729); their names on scrolls under the upper pair and on inscription space under the lower pair. From a set of six plates, 'Poets and Philosophers of England', each having four oval portraits; by mezzotinter and publisher John Simon (c.1675 - 1751).
Chaloner Smith: 55, I, first state before division into separate portraits and letters erased.
[Ref: 18321] £490.00