Joseph Farington after Martin de Vos. “The Larder.” London: John Boydell, 1775. Mezzotint by Richard Earlom. 16 3/4 x 22 3/4. On laid paper. Very good condition.
This wonderful mezzotint is from a series of prints after paintings which belonged to Robert Walpole (1676-1745), the first Prime Minister of Britain. In 1779 a descendant sold the collection to Catherine the Great of Russia and the prominent print publisher, John Boydell, decided that the only way to save the images for Great Britain was to have the best British engravers make mezzotints depicting Walpole’s famous Gallery at Houghton. Due to Catherine’s purchase, most of the original paintings from the Houghton Gallery are today in the Hermitage. These prints were produced by Richard Earlom, the leading craftsman of the day whose mezzotints are among the finest ever produced. This particular image shows a bountiful larder rendered by Joseph Farington after the painting by Martin de Vos.