J Smith excd [c.1680]
Mezzotint, sheet 210 x 150mm (8¼ x 6"). Trimmed to platemark; glued to backing sheet.
Abraham Simon (bap.1617-d.c.1692), medallist. By 1645 Simon was making medals and wax models of leading parliamentarians and others, and spent time in Sweden and elsewhere in continental Europe in the 1650s. He returned to England after the Restoration and briefly found favour at court, modelling the portrait of Charles II for 100 broad-pieces, although his temperament saw him fall from favour. Due to his unusual appearance Simon was in demand as a model: apart from this portrait after Lely, Godfrey Kneller painted Simon three times (once as a hermit).
O'D 1; for an engraving based on a medal by Simon see ref. 24244.
[Ref: 40237] £360.00