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John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver

Sitter in 4 portraits
Artist associated with 1178 portraits
A pioneer of the mezzotint process. Born in Northampton, he moved to London to become a printer's apprentice. He turned his attention to mezzotint engraving and became the pupil of Jan Van der Vaart. In the first nine years of his career Smith worked for five publishers: Richard Palmer, Edward Cooper, Alexander Browne, Pierce Tempest and Isaac Beckett. He began publishing for himself in 1687, and from 1692 worked only for himself. When Beckett died in 1688 Smith inherited his position as chief engraver to Godfrey Kneller. He engraved over a hundred plates after Kneller's portraits, giving him access to prominent members of society; who became customers.

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D9001

John Smith holding print by John Smith of Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt

by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1716 (1696)
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D6782

John Smith holding print by John Smith of Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt

by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1716 (1696)
NPG D6782

D11491

John Smith holding print by John Smith of Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt

by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1716 (1696)
NPG D11491

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John Smith holding print by John Smith of Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt

by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1716 (1696)
NPG D1340