Johann Jacob Haid Large 18th Century Mezzotint Engraving by J. Elias Haid from a Graff Portrait 1768 in Mat, Unframed Rare


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Title: Portrait of Johann Jacob Haid
Artists: Anton Graff (1736-1813), Johann Elias Haid (1739-1809)
Technique: Mezzotint Engraving
Size: Sheet - 14-1/2 x 19-1/2 inches, Image - 10-1/2 x 15-5/8 inches.
Paper: Handmade laid paper
Date Published: 1768
Edition Size: Unknown Limited Edition
Signature: Signed in the plate with the names of the artist and engraver.
References: This print is in the British Museum and can be seen on their website.
Condition: Excellent Condition with margins trimmed to the plate marks. The print is attached at the corners to a sheet of old handmade paper. Overall a very fine 250 year old print.
Printing: A very good impression.
Presentation: Hinged in an ivory mat. Blank on the back, not laid down.
Description: The following description of this work comes from the British Museum website:
"Portrait of Johann Jacob Haid, three-quarter length, facing front, seated at a table holding an etching plate and needle; after a painting by Anton Graff. 1768 Mezzotint."

This portrait is from a series which pictured those most closely involved in the publication of Trew's Plantae Selectae, and was originally bound into that great botanical work.

Johann Jacob Haid was a German engraver who worked in Augsburg. He came from a German family of artists and engravers and was known for large mezzotint portraits.

Anton Graff was an eminent Swiss portrait artist. His portrait from which this engraving was made was painted in 1766.

Johann Elias Haid, the son of Johann Jacob Haid and his business partner, was also an engraver. In addition to making this mezzotint, he also wrote the testimonial to his father with is under the image.

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