Robert Smirke for J & J Boydell.
Shakespeare, The Seven Ages of Man.
20 x 17
A set of seven colour printed stipple engravings depicting the Seven Ages of Man from Shakespeare's As You Like It (Act II Scene VII). Published by J. and J. Boydell in London in 1801.
These plates were engraved by a team of the most accomplished engravers working for the publishers J. and J. Boydell at the time. The paintings they were given to replicate were done by the Royal Academian, Robert Smirke (1753-1845) but such was the scale of the commission that the work was shared out between Peltro Tomkins, William Leney, Jean Pierre Simon, John Ogborn and Robert Thew. Stylistic differences in the rendition can be spotted by those with a gimlet eye!
£2800 Set of 7