Lemuel Francis AbbottPortrait of the Engraver Francesco Bartolozzi date not known

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Lemuel Francis Abbott (1760‑1803)
Portrait of the Engraver Francesco Bartolozzi
Date date not known
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 756 x 676 mm
Acquisition Presented by Mrs M. Bernard 1968
Not on display


This highly romanticised portrait depicts the distinguished Italian engraver, Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1815). In his right hand Bartolozzi holds up an engraving tool, whilst directing his gaze towards the painting which he is presumably copying.

During his lifetime Francesco Bartolozzi enjoyed an international reputation as one of Europe’s finest line and stipple engravers. Born in Florence in 1727, Bartolozzi trained first as a goldsmith with his father, before entering the Florentine art academy. In 1745 he moved to Venice, where he was employed by the engraver and print-seller Joseph Wagner (1706-80). Here he engraved works by contemporary Italian painters as well as by the Old Masters, notably Guercino (1591-1666). Bartolozzi’s engravings after Guercino, which were greatly admired, prompted an invitation to England in 1764 to engrave drawings by that artist in the Royal Collection… (read more)

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