Thursday, 6 August 2015

Project for the busts for Queen Caroline's Library VI

The Busts for Queen Caroline's Library in St James's Palace, VI.
Mezzotints by John Faber the Younger, c 1731.
Mezzotints - each bust length in semi-circular niche with titles and dates below. From John Faber the Younger's series of ten plates of English Kings and Queens, from William I to Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland.
It is unusual to find print intact as most often the individual portraits were cut from the plate to distribute individually.

This image of Elizabeth I is now thought to represent Ann of Denmark
and was used by Faber in error.
Images of the John Faber mezzotints from the British Museum website.

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