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(active 1630)

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King Edward VI, published by Adam Islip, and published by  William Stansby, after  Unknown artist - NPG D32888

King Edward VI

published by Adam Islip, and published by William Stansby, after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1630
NPG D32888

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Jeffery Moser, PhD/ABD in English (Shakespeare and Early Modern Printing), U of Denver

17 November 2018, 22:31

It appears to have been done by an apprentice or line engraver who was just learning his craft. It is certainly not as superior in quality or artistry to the detailed stipple engravings by William Rogers. However, the artist has provided significant detail into the outfit worn by the young king, and he took careful attention to provide shading, such as to the right side of Edward's face, around his nostrils and eyes. This makes the portrait more realistic. Too, this portrait has an uncanny appearance to the Martin Droeshout engraved portrait of William Shakespeare, first published with the 1623 First Folio of Shakespeare's plays. The nose and eyebrows in both works are similar, so perhaps this engraving was made by Droeshout when he was just beginning his career. Because of the excessive diagonal cross marks in this portrait of Edward, like on Edward's face and the collar of his coat, this portrait likely came from a copper or other metal plate that had been used so many times that its original engraving had worn down, and someone touched up the plate for the printing in which this engraving was used.

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