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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.