Sir James Eyre (1734-1799) Chief Justice of the Common Pleas

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand
  • About the artist
    Valentine Green, engraver of portraits and historical subjects after works by his contemporaries, was born at Salford, Worcestershire. He was intended for a career at the Bar, but without his father’s consent, became apprenticed to an obscure line engraver in Worcester. When he came to London in 1765 he began working in mezzotint and engraved nearly 400 plates over the next 40 years. In 1775 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy and was appointed Mezzotint Engraver to George III. In 1789 he obtained the exclusive privilege of engraving the pictures of the Dusseldorf, but was ruined when the city was besieged in 1798. In 1805 he was made Keeper of the newly founded British Institution, a post he retained until his death.
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    Eyre, Sir James
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    Materials & Techniques
    mezzotint
  • Details
    Title
    Sir James Eyre (1734-1799) Chief Justice of the Common Pleas
    Date
    Medium
    Mezzotint
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Mrs Dorothy Lane, February 1958
    GAC number
    4495