by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after Annibale Carracci
mezzotint, 1684 (1599-1600)
15 3/4 in. x 12 3/8 in. (400 mm x 315 mm) plate size, trimmed to platemark
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Depicting Christ lying dead lengthwise to right on lap of the Virgin; stone blocks and two putti to right. The mezzotint was first published by Alexander Browne. John Smith acquired the plate and added his own name and address to the plate.
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- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (Lion and Crown, Russell Street, Covent Garden, London)
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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.