Venus and Adonis
Venus and Adonis
by John Smith, published by Alexander Browne, after Nicolas Poussin
mezzotint, circa 1684
10 7/8 in. x 8 5/8 in. in. (277 mm x 220 mm) plate size; 11 7/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (301 mm x 241 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries, 1984
Artistsback to top
- Alexander Browne (active 1659-died 1706), Artist, publisher, printseller, auctioneer and dealer. Artist associated with 149 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665), Artist. Artist associated with 6 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- John Smith (1652-1743), Engraver. Artist associated with 1180 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Possibly after Gaspard Dughet called Poussin (1615 - Rome - 1675) rather than the better-known Nicolas Poussin. The NPG has another impression of this print with Browne's address replaced by that of John Smith (D11731). In other words, Smith acquired the plate from Browne and updated the lettering to reflect the new ownership.
Placesback to top
- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (Blue Balcony, Little Queen Street, London)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1684back to top
Current affairsJames, Duke of York's influence grows within Charles II's government; the Admiralty commission is abolished, allowing James to resume his role as lord admiral, in all but name. A new generation of Tories, supporters of James are bestowed with influential roles, including Sir George Jeffreys, recently appointed Lord Chief Justice.
Art and scienceItalian decorative artist, Antonio Verrio, is appointed 'principal Gardiner and Surveyor' to the King.
Author, John Bunyan, publishes the second part of his Pilgrim's Progress.