[Portrait of Vincenzo Martinelli with cornucopia below]
Engraving with very large margins, fine, platemark 205 x 140mm (8 x 5½").
Portrait of the Italian author Vincenzo Martinelli, from his edition of Boccaccio's 'Decameron' published in London in 1766. Engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi (1725-1815), Florentine engraver and founding member of the Royal Academy in 1768. After meeting George III's librarian Richard Dalton in Italy in 1763, Dalton invited Bartolozzi to London with a promise of an appointment as engraver to the king. In England he became the most celebrated exponent of the 'stipple' technique whereby he produced prints using dots rather than lines. This was the medium employed for many of his prints although this print uses the more established technique of etching.
De Vesme 872 (only state).
[Ref: 36621] £160.00