[Johan Witt]Johannes Witt Mercat Francof. Natus Hamburgi Anno MDCXLIII [...]
Mezzotint, scarce; platemark 285 x 200mm (11¼ x 8"). Rubbed. Slightly broken platemark on left.
Portrait of Frankfurt merchant John Witt (1643-1703) with verses in German below, engraved by the celebrated mezzotinter John Smith after a portrait by the little-known Werner Hassel (1674-1710, fl.) who worked in London but probably came from Germany, where he also worked. Vertue recorded that the British artist George Lambert 'learnt of...Hassel', but whether he was Hassells' pupil is not proven.
CS 279 ii/ii; Ex collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 33964] £220.00