George Louis, Prince of Hesse-Darmstadt (1669-1705) Field Marshal in the Austrian Army and conqueror of Gibraltar; Governor of Gibraltar 1704

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    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.
    Thomas Murray was of Scottish origin but was based in London. He was a pupil of one of the De Critz family and later of John Riley. When Riley died in 1691 he took over the practice. He painted full-length portraits of Queen Anne (1703) for the Society of the Middle Temple and army officer and politician John Murray [no relation], first Duke of Atholl (1705; Blair Castle). His self-portrait is in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence. He was living at Southampton Row, Bloomsbury, at the time of his death and died a childless widower, aged c.72. His fortune of £40,000 (said to have come from moneylending and investments as much as painting) passed to his nephew. However, his request that a monument be erected in Westminster Abbey was never honoured.
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    Title
    George Louis, Prince of Hesse-Darmstadt (1669-1705) Field Marshal in the Austrian Army and conqueror of Gibraltar; Governor of Gibraltar 1704
    Date
    1703
    Medium
    Mezzotint
    Acquisition
    Convent, Gibraltar (Governor's Residence) collection.
    GAC number
    17987