Exhibition | ‘He First Brought it to Perfection’: John Smith and Mezzotint

Posted in exhibitions by internjmb on December 17, 2017

From the Agnes Etherington Art Centre

‘He First Brought it to Perfection’: John Smith and the Mezzotint in Early Modern England
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s Unversity, Kingston, Ontario, 6 January — 8 April 2018

Curated by Andrea Morgan under the supervision of Jacquelyn Coutré 

John Smith (after Godfrey Kneller), Portrait of John Smith, mezzotint on paper, 1716 (Gift of Mary C. Stewart in memory of J. Douglas Stewart, 2013, 56.014.04)

The new printmaking technique of mezzotint found a modest audience in continental Europe, but, around 1700, it achieved incredible popularity in England. This exhibition focuses on the printmaker-publisher John Smith (1652–1743), who captured the market with his sophisticated mezzotint prints after Renaissance and contemporary masters. It frames his achievements within the context of the printmaking tradition in England and evinces his savviness on the art market.

Artists represented in this show include Isaac Beckette, Anthony van Dyck, John Faber, Jr., John Smith, Wallerant Vaillant, and William Vincent.

The show is curated by Andrea Morgan under the supervision of Dr Jacquelyn N. Coutré as part of the practicum course in the graduate program of the Department of Art History and Art Conservation at Queen’s University.

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