Charles H. Hodges
Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck
16.5 x 26.5 inches
A magnificent, full-length mezzotint portrait of Schimmelpenninck engraved by C. H. Hodges and published in Amsterdam in 1805.
This portrait was considered by Chaloner Smith (scholar and author on the British mezzotint) to be an exceptional example of what could be achieved through the art of mezzotint engraving. He eulogised over the extraordinary detail achieved in the plumes of Schimmelpenninck's hat, the texture of his velvet cape and the lustre of his silk tassels. Charles Hodges was an English artist and engraver who studied under J. R. Smith and worked in London from 1788 onwards before emigrating to Amsterdam in 1794 where he started engraving after Dutch portrait artists. This plate is, indeed, a very fine example of the engraver's skill.