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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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D11844

Head

possibly published by John Smith
mezzotint, 17th century
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D11889

Flight into Egypt

by William Vincent, possibly published by John Smith
mezzotint, 17th century
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D26334

King Charles I

by John Smith
mezzotint, late 17th century
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D26412

Henrietta Maria

by John Smith, published by Edward Cooper, after Sir Anthony Van Dyck
mezzotint, late 17th century
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D29484

John Cecil, 5th Earl of Exeter

by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, late 17th to early 18th century
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D30813

Queen Anne when Princess

by Edward Cooper, after Unknown artist, published by John Smith
mezzotint, late 17th to early 18th century
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D30925

Sir Robert Wright

by Robert White, after John Riley, published by John Smith
line engraving, late 17th century
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D31016

Madam Baker

by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, late 17th century
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D31017

Madam Baker

by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, late 17th century
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D31060

King James II

by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, late 17th century
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D27387

Madam Knatchbull

published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, late 17th to early 18th century
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D27388

Madam Knatchbull

published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, late 17th to early 18th century
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D11961

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury

by Edward Lutterell (Luttrell), published by John Smith, after John Greenhill
mezzotint, (circa 1672-1673)
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D11949

Thomas Killigrew

by Jan van der Vaart, published by John Smith, after William Wissing
mezzotint, circa 1674-1686
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D30884

Henry Compton

by Isaac Beckett, after John Riley, published by John Smith
mezzotint, (circa 1680-1685)
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D31216

Greville Verney

by Robert Williams, published by John Smith, after Michael Dahl
mezzotint, circa 1680-1704 (circa 1689-1695)
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D31334

Conway Hackett

by and published by John Smith, after John Riley
mezzotint, 1680
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D34055

Henry Compton

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after John Riley
mezzotint, (circa 1680-1685)
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D11729

Cupid and Psyche

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Alessandro Turchi
mezzotint, circa 1680-4
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D11732

Diana resting near a fountain

by Robert Robinson, published by John Smith, after Pietro da Cortona
mezzotint, 1680-1700
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