[Man, woman and sheep in a landscape.]
Mezzotint on wove paper from the republished state by John Smith. Image 160 x 210mm, 6¼ x 8¼". Trimmed into lower part of plate; plate somewhat worn.
A shepherd seated and leaning against a rock in the foreground; he wears a hat and smock and plays on a flute. His companion an attrative young woman, distracts him by offereing a garland of flowers, sheep to left and in the background. John Smith was a leading London publisher in the late 17th and early 18th century and part of his cata;ogue included mezzotint copies in reverse by the famous earlier mezzotints from engravers such as Blooteling who first engraved this scene after Govert Flinck (Dutch, 1615 - 1660), and issued by Bernard Lens.
Chaloner Smith undescribed.
[Ref: 21253] £120.00