A Youth Rescued from a Shark

Method Mezzotint
Artist Valentine Green after John Singleton Copley
Published Published July 1st, 1797, by V. & R. Green No. 14 Percy Street, Bedford Square, London.
Dimensions Image 464 x 606, Sheet 455 x 600
Notes A boat with eight men rescuing a young man from a shark, with ships and buildings visible in the background.

A rare proof state with scratched title and letters, from John Chaloner Smith's collection.

Valentine Green (1739-1813) was a British mezzotinter; Associate Royal Academician and publisher, often in association with his son Rupert. In 1773 he was appointed mezzotint engraver to the King George III and in 1774 he became a member of the Royal Academy. In 1775, he was appointed mezzotint engraver to Karl Theodor, Elector Palatine, and in 1789, he worked on the engraving and publishing of pictures in the Düsseldorf Gallery. Green was one of the first engravers to show how admirably mezzotint could be applied to the translation of pictorial compositions as well as portraits. His engravings are distinguished by exceptional richness, subtlety of tone, and a deft handling of light and shade.

John Singleton Copley (1738 - 1815) was an American portrait and history painter. He was born in Boston to Irish immigrants and was the step-son of the mezzotinter Peter Pelham. He became an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1776 and a Royal Academician in 1779. He also exhibited with the Society of Artists from Boston (1766 - 72). In 1774, during the Revolution in America, he left Boston for Europe, heading to Rome via London and Paris. In Rome, Copley studied under Gavin Hamilton's guidance. He settled in London in 1775, and was the father of Baron Lyndhurst. 'The Death of Major Pierson' was first exhibited publicly in May 1784.

Chaloner Smith 152 i/iii, Whitman - V. Green 209ii/iii, Lennox-Boyd i/v.

Ex. Col.: Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd accession number on verso. Originally from John Chaloner Smith with JSmith/4-366 in ink on upper left corner on verso.

Condition: Foxing and time toning to sheet, surface staining, thread margins, silverfish damage in inscription space, some paper loss lower left corner, rubbing to image, creasing to edges.
Framing unmounted
Price £800.00
Stock ID 45600