|Artist||George White after John Vanderbank|
|Published||Printed for Saml. Sympson & Sold at his Printshop in the Strand near Catherine Street. c.1730.|
|Dimensions||Image 305 x 237 mm, Plate 340 x 238 mm, Sheet 347 x 245 mm|
A half-length portrait of Thomas Symonds, a surgeon active in the 1730's. Symonds is presented in an oval frame, turned slightly to the left. He is dressed simply, his waistcoat unbuttoned on the stomach.
John Vanderbank (1694-1739) was a British painter and draughtsman. The son of John Vanderbank a Soho tapestry-weaver, Vanderbank studied under Sir Godfrey Kneller at James Thornhill's art academy in Great Queen Street from 1711 until 1720, when he joined with Louis Chéron to found his own academy in St Martin's Lane. Vanderbank enjoyed a high reputation for a short while during the reign of King George I, but died relatively young due to an extravagant lifestyle.
George White (1684-1732) was an English mezzotint engraver. The son of Robert White, he was instructed by his father in the line manner, but he turned to mezzotint at an early period. He was believed to have been the first engraver to make use of etched lines in mezzotint in order to strengthen the work. White produced approximately sixty plates, and, in addition to his portrait of William Dobson, he made engravings of George Hooper, Tycho Wing, and Old Parr amongst others.
Chaloner Smith 1883 49. i, early state prior to the burnishing of the address line.
Condition: Wormhole to right of figure, grangerised on verso.