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Jacques Fabien Gautier d'Agoty (1716-1785)

[Henri IV, King of France] c.1741-60

RCIN 616654

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This mezzotint is a superb example of early colour printing, but George was probably more interested in it as a portrait of Henri IV, whom, he said, he ‘admire[d] almost to the point of extravagance’. Conservation examination for this exhibition has revealed that the print was framed and hung to look like a painting early in its history.

Perhaps purchased in 1811