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Shepherd piping to a Shepherdess
by Robert Robinson, published by Isaac Beckett Click on the links below to find out more
mezzotint, circa 1683-1688
9 7/8 in. x 13 3/8 in. (250 mm x 340 mm) plate size, trimmed to platemark
- Isaac Beckett (1652 or 1653-1688), Engraver. Artist associated with 184 portraits.
- Robert Robinson (active 1674-died 1706), Artist; painter-stainer and mezzotinter. Artist associated with 22 portraits.
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