The Rt Honble Humphry Butler Viscount Lanesborough.Baron Mewtown Butler Governor and Custos Rotulorum of ye County of Cavan.
Sold by T Jefferys at the Corner of St. Martins Lane Charing Cross & W. Herbert at the Golden Globe on London bridge [n.d., c.1750].
Mezzotint, fine impression; scarce; 495 x 350mm. 19½ x 13¾". Thin margins with small bumps and repaired tears. One tear into image lower right, crease through upper right corner tip.
Full-length portrait of Irish Peer Humphrey Butler, 1st Earl of Lanesborough (c. 1700 - 1768), wearing a robe hung like a toga and drawn up at left shoulder over a suit with large embroidered cuffs and long white wig. Crown on a table to left, and a balustrade behind to right opening up a view of a garden. His left hand holds a paper. John Brooks (Irish, fl. c. 1730-1756) is regarded as the father of Irish mezzotint tradition. He trained as engraver and etcher in Dublin and later learned mezzotint under Faber in London in 1740, before setting up his own mezzotint publishing operation in Dublin in association with Andrew Miller. He moved to London in 1746, taking with him his apprentices James McArdell and Richard Houston, who revitalised the London mezzotint trade.
Chaloner Smith 17, II.
[Ref: 27418] £280.00