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

James II c.1685

Mezzotint | 62.3 x 47.2 cm | RCIN 602825

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Following the accession of James VII and II as king in 1685, Blooteling adapted and reissued his earlier print of James as Duke of York. This impression is a working proof allowing the printmaker to check his progress in altering the plate, having trimmed the lettering from the bottom and scraped away the background tone and laurel-wreath border. In the finished state, a new border with updated lettering proclaims James as king. Cat. 163