Time assisted by the love of Vertue, dispells the truth of painting out of the Clouds of ignorance.
J. Smith ex [c.1720]
Mezzotint on wove paper, platemark 255 x 230mm (10 x 9") very large margins. Later impression.
Allegory of time pushing away clouds to reveal a female figure with brushes and palette, personifying painting. Mezzotint after Louis Testelin (1615-65), decorative painter none of whose work survives, but who contributed works to decorative schemes at the Palais du Luxembourg, and the château of Fontainebleau. This print is supposed to be based on an etching after Testelin's design by Girard Audran, which illustrated the 'Sentiments des plus habiles peintres' published in 1680 by Testelin's brother Henri.
[Ref: 40218] £130.00