John Overton [ink].
Indian ink on paper, oval, 9 x 8cm (3½ x 3¼"). In distressed oval frame.
John Overton (1640 - 1708), a leading London printseller and publisher at 'the White Horse without Newgate'. His sons Henry and Philip continued the business into the mid-18th century. This portrait, showing him in wig and tab collar, is taken from a scarce mezzotint from c.1700. George Perfect Harding (died 1853) was aportrait-painter specialising in miniatures, often copying old prints as here. The date of 1800 suggests this is an early work: he first exhibited at the Royal academy in 1802.
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