|Method||Copper engraving and etching|
|Artist||Gerard van der Gucht after John Vanderbank|
|Published||[Published in London by J. and R. Tonson and Robert Dodsley, c. 1742]|
|Dimensions||Image 252 x184 mm, Plate 273 x 204 mm, Sheet 383 x 270 mm|
Don Quixote and Sancho captured by ten horsemen, driving the pair to the Duke's castle.
Volume II, page 393, illustration to chapter titled: "Of the bristled adventure, which befel Don Quixote" from Vanderbank's "The Life and Exploits of the Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote de la Mancha".
Gerard van der Gucht (c.1696-1776) was an English engraver and art dealer. Born in London, he was the son of the Flemish engraver Michael van der Gucht. He, and his younger brother Jan van der Gucht (c.1699-c.1730), were both taught engraving by their father. Van der Gucht was also taught drawing by Louis Chéron, and studied at Godfrey Kneller's Great Queen Street Academy. By adopting the French method of combining etching and engraving, he became one of the leading engravers in London at that time. Van der Gucht worked for various printsellers and booksellers until his father's death in 1725, when he took over his business at the Golden Head in Queen Street, Bloomsbury. In the same year he married Mary Liney; their children included the painter and art dealer Benjamin van der Gucht (1753-1794).
In 1735, he took a leading role in the demand for an extension to the Engraving Copyright Act of 1734, to include all prints. A member of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce, van der Gucht worked for the rest of his life as an art dealer, and engraver and publisher of an assortment of subjects.
John Vanderbank (1694 - 1739) was a British painter and draughtsman. The son of John Vanderbank a Soho tapestry-weaver, Vanderbank studied under Sir Godfrey Kneller at James Thornhill's art academy in Great Queen Street from 1711 until 1720, when he joined with Louis Chéron to found his own academy in St Martin's Lane. Vanderbank enjoyed a high reputation for a short while during the reign of King George I, but died relatively young due to an intemperate and extravagant lifestyle.
Condition: Good impression with wide margins. Slight overall time toning. Overall creasing to edges of sheet.