|Published||London Printed for John Bowles [c. 1703-1742]|
|Dimensions||Image 172 x 145 mm, Sheet 204 x 148 mm|
A half-length portrait of playwright William Wycherley. Wycherley is seen in an oval window, turned slightly to the right. He is wearing a chest-length wig and a plain neck-cloth.
William Wycherley (1641 - 1716) was an English dramatist of the Restoration period, best known for the plays 'The Country Wife' and 'The Plain Dealer'. Wycherley attempted to reconcile in his plays a personal conflict between deep-seated puritanism and the physical nature conveying this most successfully in the play 'The Country Wife'.
John Simon (c. 1675 - 1751) was a mezzotinter. He was born in Normandy and trained in Paris as a line engraver. Simon fled to England as a Huguenot c.1700 and it here where became a mezzotinter. Simon produced early work for Edward Coope, but by c.1720 published most plates himself. He ceased work after 1742 and his plates were sold in November 1761.
Chaloner Smith 1883 131. iii
Condition: Publication line and address erased and re-engraved, trimmed within plate and grangerised, some foxing to sheet.