Jacobus Houbraken, Dutch, 1698-1780
After Godfrey Kneller, German, 1646-1723
Title: Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, (1642-1711), Politician, Ambassador and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
Date: 1741
Medium: Line engraving
Sheet: 46.1 x 30.5 cm
Plate: 37.3 x 25.3 cm
Credit Line: Purchased, 1899
Object Number: NGI.10212
DescriptionOver his lifetime, Houbraken, a Dutch engraver based in Amsterdam, produced some 800 prints, mostly portraits. He was commissioned to engrave a large series of portraits for the London publishers John and Paul Knapton. These publishers employed draughtsmen to copy paintings in private collections throughout England. This print is copied after a 1685 painting by Kneller. Another artist was employed to design the decorative 'frames'. These drawings were sent to Houbraken who carefully engraved the whole. The finished prints were shipped back to London for sale, usually as part of a series.
InscriptionIn the Collection of the Right Hon: The Earl of Burlington

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