Franscesco Bartolozzi after John Benwell; 1783
'St. James's Beauty'
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'St James's Beauty'
after the painting
John Hodges Benwell
Francesco Bartolozzi; 1727-1815, Italian engraver, etcher, and painter. In the Florentine Academy he learnt to work in oil, chalks, and aquarelle.
John Hodges Benwell; 1764–1785, English genre painter, some of whose works became well-known through engravings, Benwell was born at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire where his father was under-steward to George Spencer, 4th Duke of Marlborough. He later taught drawing at Bath, and executed a few small oval drawings in a technique which combined watercolour and pastel.
A fine original stipple etching which has retained its colours, bright and unfaded in sepia ink, with very fine detail and rich ink stipples, the image measuring approximately 15 cms x 18 cms. (6 x 7¼ ins.) on an early paper sheet trimmed to the oval. The frame measuring 19 cms x 23 cms. (7½ x 9 ins)
One of a pair offered for sale.
Framed within its original gilt oval frame, the condition of the image and the sheet is good with an overall toning condusive with age.