This mezzotint print shows Prince Eugene of Savoy looking back at the viewer, over his right shoulder. The Prince wears a suit of armour, covered by an ermine-edged velvet cloak. Lettering beneath the image states that it was ‘Sold by I.[John] Smith at ye Lyon & Crown in Russel [sic] Street Covent Garden’. Smith sold numerous mezzotints from his Covent Garden premises. Most were engraved after portraits by Godfrey Kneller, including ‘William, Duke of Gloucester’ (1699); ‘George, Prince of Denmark’ (1704 and 1706 versions) and ‘Sidney Godolphin, first Earl of Godolphin’ (c.1705).
John Smith I was a mezzotint engraver and printseller. He collaborated with the print maker Isaac Beckett in the mid 1680s and set himself up as a printseller towards the end of the 17th century. He made prints for both private commissions and public sale and also retouched plates by other engravers. Many of his prints are portraits after the work of his friend Godfrey Kneller. He also produced prints of religious subjects, scenes of classical mythology and landscapes after both Old Masters and contemporary painters.
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