Mars & Venus.
Mezzotint, 420 x 280mm. Laid in paper mount, small margins as usual.
John Smith (1652-1743) was a gifted and ambitious printmaker and publisher whose long career began in the reign of Charles II and closed after the accession of George II. He was born in Northamptonshire and worked in London, specializing in the relatively new technique of mezzotint printing. Smith published an important set of ten mezzotints of the 'Loves of the Gods', after paintings thought to be by Titian. These belonged to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough and hung at Blenheim Palace until they were destroyed by fire in 1861.
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