James Macardel Mezzotinto Scraper (after a self portrait drawing by Macardel from 1765) by Richard Earlom

James Macardel Mezzotinto Scraper (after a self portrait drawing by Macardel from 1765) by Richard Earlom

James Macardel Mezzotinto Scraper (after a self portrait drawing by Macardel from 1765)

Richard Earlom

Title

James Macardel Mezzotinto Scraper (after a self portrait drawing by Macardel from 1765)

 
Artist

Richard Earlom

  1729 - 1765 (biography)
Year
1771  
Technique
mezzotint 
Image Size
15 15/16 x 12 15/16" platemark 
Signature
signed in text beneath the image 
Edition Size
 
Annotations
"Jas. Mcardel delin / 1765" "R. Sayer Excudit." "Richd. Earlom fecit" plus title and publisher's address 
Reference
C.-S. 28ii; V&A E.335.1959 
Paper
antique-white laid paper 
State
ii/ii published 
Publisher
Robert Sayer, No 53 Fleet St., London 
Inventory ID
17817 
Price
$700.00 
Description
A portrait in mezzotint by the English mezzotint artist Richard Earlom (1743-1822) of the great English mezzotint artist James Macardell who died at 37 in 1765. This was commissioned in 1771 by the publisher Robert Sayer to be done after a self portrait drawing by Macardell done in 1765 and was in the collection of Richard Bull, Esq. Macardell was known for his amazing mezzotints after the paintings of Sir Joshua Reynolds, who he worked with for years. He was a founder of the mezzotinter's known as “The Dublin Group.” After his premature death his plates were purchased and reprinted by Robert Sayer, who commissioned this portrait. The image is of Macardell with a scraper in his hand, resting his right elbow on a copper plate he is working on.