John Smith after Joseph Highmore
His Royal Highness William Augustus Duke of Cumberland, Knight of the most Hon.ble order of the Bath &c
10 x 13.5 inches
A half-length mezzotint portrait, engraved by John Smith after Joseph Highmore and published in London in 1729.
John Smith dominated the market in mezzotint portraiture in the early C18th before a plethora of other artists appeared from the 1750s onwards. He was highly accomplished at what he did and here, in this exquisite portrait of the youthful Duke of Cumberland, we see why. He is astonishingly adept at recreating the tonal accomplishments of oil in print and in this instance, he has portrayed hair, silk, brocade and skin tone all with equal ingenuity.