Tuesday, 11 August 2015

A Series of Mezzotints of Classical Busts by John Faber the Elder (1660 - 1721).



A Series of 12 Mezzotints of Busts of the Caesars,
by John Faber the Elder (1660 - 1721). circa 1710 - 20.


John Faber the Elder (1660 -1721) - Portrait miniaturist and mezzotinter. b. Holland, where he drew portraits in fine pen and ink on vellum He came to England after 1696: his first documented work in Britain was in 1698. He adopted the mezzotint technique c.1707, when he set up as publisher. In 1711-12 he engraved the series of Bodlein portraits; 1712 - 4 the founders of Oxford and Cambridge colleges. He died in Bristol and was succeeded in business by his son, John Faber II.

He worked from (1707) the Two Golden Balls, near the Savoy in the Strand and (c.1716) Golden Eagle by the Fountain tavern, near Essex Street.


 
Bust of Titus (41 - 81).
Emperor 79 -81, son of Vaspasian.
Plate XI, 350 x 255mm
 

 
Bust of Nero. (37 - 68).
Emperor 54 - 68.
Plate VI, 352 x 250 mm
 
 
 

 
Claudius I, (10 BC - 54).
Emperor 41 - 54.
351 x 251mm
 

 
Bust of Galba Galba (3 - 69).
Emperor 68 - 9
Plate VII, 350 x 250mm

 
Bust of Vitellius (15 - 69).
Emperor from 16 April to 22 December 69.
Plate IX, 351 x 251mm.
 
 
 
 

 
 Bust of Vaspasian (9 - 79)
Emperor 69 -79.
Plate X, 350 x 250 mm.
 
 

 
Bust of Tiberius (42BC - AD 37)
Emperor. 14 - 37
Plate III, 352 x 251 mm.



 
Bust of Caligula, (12 - 41 AD)
Emperor 37 - 41. 
Plate IV, 349 x 249 mm.
 
 

 
Bust of Domitian (51 - 96).
Emperor 81 - 96
Plate XII. 350 x 248 mm.
 
 

 
Bust of Julius Caesar.100 BC - 44 BC.
Emperor, 49 - 44BC.
Plate I. 350 x 252 mm.

 
Bust of  Augustus 63 BC - 14AD.
Emperor, 27 BC - 14 AD.
Plate II, 348 x 246 mm.
 

 
Bust of Otho (32 - 69)
Emperor for 3 months - 15 January to 16 April 69.
Plate VIII, 359 x 251mm.

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