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Abraham Blooteling (1640-90) after Sir Peter Lely (1618–1680)

Charles II c.1680-90

Mezzotint | 68.3 x 51.5 cm | RCIN 602538

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Skilled European printmakers migrated to London throughout the seventeenth century, contributing to an increase in the quality and quantity of print production there. Mezzotint is a form of engraving that Charles II's cousin, Prince Rupert, introduced from the Continent. Each mezzotint plate produced a limited number of fine impressions characterised by strong contrasts and velvety tones. Blooteling's monumental portrait of Charles II marks the pinnacle of mezzotint production in the seventeenth century. Cat. 162