Mezzotint, Print, Jonathan Belcher, Governor of Massachusetts, and New Jersey Date/Period: 1734
Measurement: Frame: 14" x 18.75"; view: 14.25" x 10.25"
Material: Paper and ink
Condition: Excellent; framed by Perry Hopf
Title R[ichard] Phillips pinx[it] / J. Faber fecit, His Excellency JONATHAN BELCHER,
Esqr, Captain General & Governor in Chief of His Majesty's Provinces of Massachuset's
Bay & New Hampshire in NEW ENGLAND and Vice Admiral of the Same.
Additional Information: Jonathan Belcher (1682-1757), Governor of Massachusetts
from 1730 to 1741, and New Jersey from 1747-1757.
By London printmaker John Faber, Jr. (1695-1756) Belcher's "claimed" family coat-of-
arms (since he came from a Massachusetts native and son of Thomas Belcher, a
prosperous merchant and member of the Massachusetts Council with no aristocratic
pedigree or genealogical tie to the first leaders of Massachusetts) appears in the middle
of the title.
The print is after a half-length portrait painted by Richard Philips (1681-1741),
probably painted during Belcher's 1729-1730 London trip before being installed as royal
governor of Massachusetts. As a Massachusetts governor, it is likely that Belcher was
expected to have his portrait painted; Belcher was not happy when his son, who was at
the time a student in London, engaged Faber to engrave the mezzotint that was
published in London in 1734, which Belcher Sr. was concerned would likely bring
criticism and jealousy.
The portrait depicts Belcher as a model of aristocratic gentility and state authority.
The subject holds his government commission and is positioned with Boston harbor in
the background with a British naval ship firing its cannon in salute. Belcher is wearing a
long periwig with lavish curls, a velvet waistcoat with gold brocade, and a fine lace jabot.
In the lower-right corner, the seal of King George II seems suspended from the hand
holding the commission.
The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker’s Hill, June 17, 1775
After John Trumbull, engraved by Johann Georg Nordheim (1819-1853)
Printed by the North American Bibliographic Institution
Philadelphia, c. 1850
Additional Information: Johann Georg Nordheim was a prolific German engraver whose engraving of the Battle
of Bunker Hill was reproduced by American publishers such as the North American
Bibliographic Institution. This engraving was sent to Institution subscribers, and had
three format options with varying prices. Images of events in American history were
popular subjects for prints, which could be made quickly and circulated widely.
Academic institutions used prints to encourage appreciation for American art, using the
medium to gain exposure to those who were unable to view the paintings in person.
Print, John Wilkes, Esq., Etching and Engraving, Satire Artist: William Hogarth (British, London 1697– 1764 London) Date/Period: May 16, 1763 - SOLD
Measurement: Frame: 16.75" x 11.5"; view: 14.25" x 9.25"
Material: Etching on laid paper, Perry Hopf frame
Condition: Displays well, not examined out of frame
Additional Information: Caricatural portrait of John Wilkes holding the cap of Liberty.
Wilkes, British radical journalist and politician, a magistrate, essayist, and soldier, was
widely admired in the American colonies as a political journalist, a radical politician, and
a fighter for liberty… and supporter of American rebels. Wilkes was a champion of
individual liberty against the power of the state. Hogarth, an ardent royalist, did not like
him. Wilkes known to be one of the ugliest men of his day, he stated that “it took him
only half an hour to talk away his face and win over the listener”. Hogarth did not
overstate his image to satirize the man. The engraving, one of Hogarth's last,
displeased many and won him few friends. Wilkes did not take great offence.
Print, Naboth, After a Drawing by Maerten van Heemskerk (1498-1574)
Engraved by Hieronymus Cock or Hieronymus Wellens de Cock (1518- 1570)
A Painter and engraver, the most important print publisher and seller of his time!
This print illustrates Naboth being falsely accused; a crowd of people are gathered listening to the announcement read from a balcony. Prints from this series are within major museum collections including the British Museum and the Boston MFA.
In part the paper and fine detail assign this work to the 16th century. The print is in very good condition and measures approximately 8 x 10" [not removed from frame]. The piece has been paper conserved- cleaned and deacidified, and then framed by Perry Hopf.
Print, Mezzotint, General Arnold, Portrait
Measurement: Frame: 21" x 12.25"
Condition: Very good, not examined out of frame
Additional Information: Half-length portrait in an oval. He is directed to left in uniform,
gesturing outwards with right arm, left hand on his hip, wearing a tricorn and a fur-
trimmed waistcoat, looking to right. Beneath the title is engraved, "Qui avec le General
Gates aidoit de enviroñer le General Lieutenant Bourgoyne, que toute l'Armee se
rendit Prisoniere, et l'obligea de mettre bas les Armes". Mounted together with an
engraving titled – Engagement on Lake Champlain October 1776.
Sir William Blackstone
After Thomas Gainsborough, mezzotint by John Sartain (1808-1897)
Published by J. Campbell
Additional Information: John Sartain was a prolific English engraver and printmaker, who settled in Philadelphia
and was an active member of the city’s art community. He created illustrations for his
own “Sartain’s Magazine” (begin in 1848), and was the art director of the Centennial
Exposition at Philadelphia in 1876. This mezzotint is after a portrait of the Honorable Sir
William Blackstone in the Tate Collection.
(Frame: 27.5” x 23.5”, sight: 17” x 12”)
Mezzotint after John Adams Whipple daguerreotype
Unknown maker, c. 1850 to 1890
Print cut to fit around oval matte, customer call mark [H. Pleasanton/Call] on reverse.
Frame: 27.5” by 23.5” Sight: 16” by 12”
Hogarth Frame, Mezzotint, Lord Camden
A good early frame containing hand colored mezzotint
Frame with very minor imperfections; mezzotint with imperfections.
After Reynolds, published by Boydell, Cheapside, London, 1766
Dimensions: 16.75 by 12.75" frame, 14 by 10" sight-size.
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