Benn's Club _ six london Aldermen drinking the health of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, 1746.

Method Mezzotint
Artist John Faber the Younger after Thomas Hudson
Published [n.d.c.1752]
Dimensions Image and Plate 380 x 530 mm, Sheet 425 x 560 mm
Notes Inscribed within the image: T. Hudson Pinxit / I. Faber Fecit.

A fine group portrait of the six members of the so called 'Benn's Club' sitting around a table. William Benn, Lord Mayor of London, sitting in front to the right, his right hand on the neck of a bottle, behind him in front of the fireplace, John Blashford, a letter addressed to him on the floor at his feet is inscribed: To John Blashford Esqr at Bowcombe in the Isle of Wight. Free Wat Wms Winn. across the table from Benn, Robert Alsop, next to him with a glass in his left hand, Edward Ironside, beside him, holding up a glass, Sir Henry Marshall, at the far left, Sir Thomas Rawlinson, behind him, a waiter cleans a glass.

John Faber the Younger (c.1695 - 1756), was the son of the portrait miniaturist and mezzotinter John Faber. Born in Amsterdam, Faber moved to England around 1698 and learned drawing and mezzotint engraving from his father; attending the academy in St. Martin's Lane. He soon became the leading mezzotint engraver of his day, engraving two series after Godfrey Kneller - twelve Hampton Court Beauties (1727) and forty-seven portraits of members of the Kit-Cat Club (1735). He also completed forty-two mezzotints after portraits of Thomas Hudson, fifteen after Allan Ramsay, and several after Philip Mercier's paintings.

Thomas Hudson (1701-1779) was a British portrait painter and collector of Old Master drawings. Born in Devon, he was a pupil of Richardson, whose daughter he married in 1725. He was active in the West Country and London between 1730 and 1740. His draperies were frequently painted by Joseph Van Aken, who also worked for Ramsay and Pickering. Reynolds was his apprentice between 1740 and 1743. He also taught Wright of Derby and Mortimer. He visited France and the Netherlands in 1748, and visited Italy briefly with Roubiliac in 1752. He exhibited with the Society of Artists in 1761 and 1766.

Sharp 710, Chaloner Smith 31, O'Donoghue 1

Condition: Image slightly rubbed, light old horizontal crease to top of sheet, small hole to bottom right of image above letter, surface loss to bottom margin not affecting image or printed title.
Framing mounted
Price £1,200.00
Stock ID 37346