|Artist||after William Faithorne|
|Dimensions||Image 170 x 102 mm, Sheet 180 x 107 mm|
A bust portrait of Katherine Philips, after the frontispiece by William Faithorne. Her bust is shown on a pedestal within a niche, her torso turned right, she is wearing a low cut dress, her hair is tied up with two long curls framing her face.
Katherine Philips (née Fowler) (1631-1664) was a poet and translator. She was said to have read the Bible through before she was five years old, and was known for having acquired remarkable fluency in several languages."The Matchless Orinda", as her admirers called her, was regarded as the apostle of female friendship, and inspired great respect. She was widely considered an exemplar of the ideal woman writer, being virtuous, proper, and chaste.
William Faithorne (c. 1620-1691) was an English engraver and draughtsman. He apprenticed first to painter and printseller Robert Peake and later to engraver John Payne. Faithorne was imprisoned and then exiled as a royalist during the Civil Wars. By 1652 however, he had returned to London and able to establish his own print shop, thanks to his close links with the international print trade. In addition to selling prints, he continued to work as a printer and engraver, and published "The Art of Graving and Etching in 1662". On the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660, Faithorne was appointed copper engraver to the king. One of his sons, also named William Faithorne, became a mezzotint engraver.
Ex. Col.: Earl de Grey
Condition: Trimmed close to image, and laid to album page. Slight overall time toning.