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Mrs. Conwai Hackett, after John Riley
34.8 cm x 25.4 cm (13 11/16 in. x 10 in.)
(Daventry, 1652 or 1654 - 1742, Northampton)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
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.