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Mrs. Conwai Hackett, after John Riley

1690
17th century
34.8 cm x 25.4 cm (13 11/16 in. x 10 in.)

John Smith (Daventry, 1652 or 1654 - 1742, Northampton) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, English
Medium and Support: Mezzotint
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Accession Number: 2002.1275

Smith was the first English native to devote himself to mezzotint. His painstaking preparation of the plate, fine grain and subtle tonal effects set the standard of British mezzotint. Smith was an equally skilled and successful businessman, further inspiring production in the technique.

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