Valentine GREEN after Peter Falconet
Elizabeth, Lady Nuneham
15 x 25 inches
A full-length mezzotint engraving of Lady Nuneham by Valentine Green after the portrait by P. Falconet, published in London in 1769.
Lady Nuneham was born in 1746 and is pictured here at the age of 23 just after her marriage to Lord Vernon in 1765. She wears a heavily brocaded silk dress and is surrounded by classical accoutrements. Peter Falconet was a French artist who arrived in London in 1766 and set about fulfilling portrait commissions from high society. He became a regular contributor to the Royal Academy exhibitions between 1767 and 1773 before returning to work in Paris. Valentine Green was born in Worcestershire circa 1739. He began his working life in a lawyer’s office but soon became a pupil to an obscure line-engraver in Worcester. In the 1760’s he arrived in London and exhibited at Spring Gardens in 1766. In 1775 he was appointed associate engraver to the newly formed Royal Academy and mezzotint engraver to His Majesty, King George III. In 1789 he was fortunate enough to obtain the exclusive privilege of engraving the pictures in the Dusseldorf Gallery. He completed over twenty plates but unfortunately much of the work was destroyed in a siege of the town in 1798. Valentine Green died in London in 1813.
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