|Artist||Isaac Beckett after Sir Peter Lely|
|Published||Sold by Alex Brown at ye blew ballcony in little Queen Street c.1684|
|Dimensions||Image 312 x 253 mm, Sheet 340 x 253 mm|
Elizabeth Montagu (née Wriothesley), Duchess of Montagu (1646-1690), First wife of Ralph Montagu, 1st Duke of Montagu; daughter of Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton
Daughter and co-heir of Thomas Wriothesley, 4th Earl of Southampton, she married Joceline Percy, 11th Earl of Northumberland in 1662. Her husband died in Italy in 1670. She secondly married Ralph Montagu, the English ambassador in Paris, who became Earl then Duke of Montagu. She died at Boughton, the Montagu family seat in Northamptonshire, in 1690.
Isaac Beckett (c.1653-1688) was the first major English mezzotint engraver, apprenticed to a calico printer in London. He was introduced to the newly invented technique of mezzotinting by John Lloyd, a printseller. Beckett engraved numerous mezzotint portraits, principally after the designs of Sir Peter Lely, Godfrey Kneller, Wissing and Riley. He also engraved religious, mythological and landscape scenes after Heemskerck and other masters. Among his greatest mezzotint portraits are Sir Godfrey Kneller, King Charles II and James, Duke of York. Apart from his earliest work, Beckett published and sold his prints himself. He took on engraver John Smith as an assistant.
Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680) was the portrait painter and Principal Painter to Charles II. Born of Dutch parents, he trained in Haarlem; came to London in the 1640s and quickly established a reputation as a portraitist. In 1680 he was appointed Principal Painter at the Restoration and knighted. Lely was prolific, and easily the most fashionable painter of his time. He was known for his high living as well as his celebrated collection of paintings and drawings. Pepys called him 'a mighty proud man, and full of state'.
Chaloner Smith 78 i/iv, O' Donoghue 1, Beckett, Lely 362, Lennox-Boyd i/iv
Ex. Col.: Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd
Condition: Trimmed to just inside plate. Some rubbing to edges.