Mr. John May

Method Mezzotint
Artist Valentine Green after Joseph Marinkelle
Published c.1780
Dimensions Image 128 x 110 mm, Sheet 153 x 113 mm
Notes Text below image:
Mr. John May, Ship Builder to the States General, at Amsterdam, Aged 80.

John May was an English shipwright. The Amsterdam Admiralty, the largest of the six Dutch Chambers that made up the Dutch East India Company, brought in May, Charles Bentham and Thomas Davis to work for them in improving ship design and avoiding the succession of wrecks they had recently suffered.

Joseph Marinkelle (1732-1786) was a Dutch artist. Born in Rotterdam, Marinkelle is most known for his portraits and miniatures.

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.

Chaloner Smith 1883 85 ii/ii

Condition: Tipped to album page, trimmed close to plate mark.
Framing unmounted
Price £80.00
Stock ID 48592