1764 · London
Mezzotint on laid paper. Large folio. 16 1/2 x 21 5/16th” (Sheet size); 14” x 18 1/4” (Subject size); 14x 20 1/2”” (Plate size including imprint). Folding creases at plate mark with crease at bottom at 181/4” above imprint. Plate marks show folds, as does the top line of imprint (Amoroso Pinxt/ J.Godfrie Haid Fecit). Some soiling and one closed tear in right margin 1”. Subject is fine. Imprintwith slight soiling .
Chaloner Smith’s #4. Later states are smaller or have scratched publisher’s name or have subjectsize of 14 x 18” [as opposed to 14 x 18 1/4” as ours].
A very fine mezzotint of an Italian or a Spaniard subject playing a lute or Tiorba (Theorbo), basedon a “tableau” by Antonio Mercurio Amorosi in the collection of Lord Middleton. Amorosi(1660–1738) was an Italian painter of the late-Baroque, active in Ascoli Piceno. In 1668, he movedto Rome where he was trained by Giuseppe Ghezzi. Amorosi painted genre scenes especiallythose picturing rustics or itinerants.
Engraved by Johann-Gottfried Haid (B Augsbourg 1710, D Vienna 1776). Designer and engraver.Student of his brother Johann Lorenz Haid. Worked in England and Austria. J.G. Haid was knownfor his portraits and genre scenes.
Ref: Boydell p.1. An alphabetical catalogue of plates, engraved by the most esteemed artists, afterthe finest pictures and drawings of the Italian, Flemish ... and other schools, which compose thestock of John and Josiah Boydell, Volume 2, 1803
#2300 in Catalogus von alten und neuen zum Theil sehr raren und fürtreflichen Kupferstichen ausder Teutschen, Niderländischen, Französischen und Italienischen Schule. (Publisher unidentifiedperhaps a proof, Regensburg: Breitfeld, 1782. “a very beautiful print“
Chaloner Smith, John. British Mezzotinto Portraits: Being a Descriptive Catalogue of TheseEngravings from the Introduction of the Art to the Early Part of the Present Century: ArrangedAccording to the Engravers, the Inscriptions Given at Full Length, and the Variations of StatePrecisely Set Forth : Accompanied by Biographical Notes, and Appendix of a Selection of the PricesProduced at Public Sales by Some of the Specimens, Down to the Present Time, Part 2 London:Sotheran, 1884. (Inventory #: 1277)