|Artist||John Faber the Younger after Philip Mercier|
|Published||[Printed for John Bowles, at No. 13 Cornill, n.d. c. 1768]|
|Dimensions||Image 290 x 226 mm, Plate 328 x 228 mm, Sheet 334 x 233 mm|
A boy seated under a tree, turned to the right, wearing a jacket, knee length britches, and a hat playing bagpipes.
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.
Philip Mercier (c.1689-1760) was a French painter and engraver, who lived and worked principally in London. The son of a Huguenot tapestry worker, Mercier was born in Berlin, where he studied painting at the Akademie der Wissenschaften, and later under Antoine Pesne. He travelled to Italy and France before settling in London in 1716. Painter to Frederick Prince of Wales (1729-36), Mercier mainly specialised in portraits, but in later years he made pictures in the manner of Watteau for engraving. His wife Dorothy ran a print shop in London.
Chaloner Smith 405 d, Lennox-Boyd state i/ii before publication line
Condition: An excellent impression, some light water staining in the inscription space, small tear into plate lower left corner.