[Frontispiece to James Howell, 'Lexicon tetraglotton']Associatio Linguarum. La Ligue des Langues
Engraving, platemark 260 x 165mm (10¼ x 6½").
Frontispiece to a later edition of 'Lexicon tetraglotton' (first edition 1660) by James Howell (1594?-1666), a dictionary in four languages. The four women are emblematic of the English, French, Spanish and Italian languages. The publication of this work was supported by Bulstrode Whitelock (for whom see ref. 21594). Engraving by William Faithorne (c.1620-91), printmaker who was apprenticed to the printseller William Peake, with whom he served in the royalist army during the civil war. At the Restoration Faithorne was appointed engraver in copper to the king, doubtless as reward for his devotion to the Stuart cause. The finest native British engraver born before the eighteenth century, Faithorne was highly esteemed by Pepys (who recorded many visits to his shop) while enthusiasts such as Horace Walpole ensured his posthumous reputation, which led to fine proofs of his work fetching extraordinary prices in the late Georgian period.
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