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John Goldar (1729-1795) - 1786 Engraving, Portrait of Margaret Cecil



John Goldar (1729-1795) - Original 1786 Engraving. Portrait of Margaret Cecil, Countess of Ranelagh (1672 or 1673-1728), copper engraving by John Goldar (1729-1795) after the painting by G Kneller. Signed in plate. On laid. Light discolouration to left area of figure's décolleté.

John Goldar was a line and stipple engraver. During the 1760s, he engraved at least fourteen humorous paintings by John Collet, an artist dubbed 'the second Hogarth', eleven of which were commissioned by the publisher and picture dealer Thomas Bradford. He engraved copies of other comic paintings by a variety of artists including Herbert Pugh, Philip Dawes and Samuel Hieronymus Grimm, for the printsellers and picture dealers Henry Parker, John Wesson and Robert Sayer. Goldar exhibited with the Society of Artists from 1769 to 1772. He produced numerous portraits and views of naval battles for James Harrison's edition of Paul de Rapin-Thoyras's History of England (1784-6).


17.8 x 14.6cm (7" x 5.7")
Sheet: 42 x 25.5cm (16.5" x 10")
Plate: 29 x 19cm (11.4" x 7.5")

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Part of a collection of engravings from Harrison's Edition of Rapin's History of England, by Paul Rapin de Thoyras.

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Code pa739
Artist John Goldar (1729-1795)
Date 1786
Dimensions 17.8 x 14.6cm
Framed No
Medium Engraving
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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