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Peter Stent (circa 1613-1665), Printseller and printer
Artist associated with 65 portraits
Peter Stent was a printseller, who from the early 1640s until his death ran one of the biggest printmaking businesses of the day. In around 1642, he opened a shop in Giltspur Street, London, where he sold engravings printed on his own rolling presses. The civil wars presented Stent with the opportunity to purchase over 700 plates from a number of printsellers and artists, and he ended up holding over eight times as many plates as any of his predecessors. He published prints across a variety of subjects, from business forms to portraits. They were sold not for their artistic merit as much as for their profitability.
published by Peter Stent
line engraving, mid 17th century