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Jacob Tonson I (1655-1736)

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Jacob Tonson I (1655-1736)

After: Sir Godfrey Kneller (German, 1646-1723)

Engraver: John Faber, Jr. (English, c. 1695 - 1756)

Date: 1733
Medium: Mezzotint
Overall: 14 7/8 x 10 9/16in. (37.8 x 26.8cm)
Image: 12 1/2 x 9 7/8in. (31.8 x 25.1cm)
Plate: 13 7/8 x 9 7/8in. (35.2 x 25.1cm)
Credit Line: Owen D. Young Collection. Gift of Mrs. Josephine Young Case and Mr. Richard Young
Object number: 66.215
Label Text
John Faber's engraving of the prominent London bookseller and publisher Jacob Tonson was copied from an oil portrait (now in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London), that the painter Godfrey Kneller, England's most prominent portraitist during the late 17th and early 18th centuries, painted of him in 1717. Unlike many of the mezzotint portraits published in 18th-century England, this print depicts a person who was not an aristocrat. Tonson is shown holding a copy of John Milton's (1608-74) Paradise Lost, his most successful publishing venture.

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