Mrs. Anne Killigrew

Engraver Isaac Beckett British
After Anne Killigrew British

Not on view

Mezzotint, a tonal method of printmaking, was invented in Germany in 1642 and introduced to Britain by Dutch engravers. Beckett was first great native-born Englishman to practice the technique, producing just over than a hundred prints between 1681 and his early death in 1688. Most of these are portraits, with this example based on a self-portrait by the female artist Anne Killigrew, who is shown with curled hair and wearing a flowered gown. An accomplished poet as well as a painter, Killigrew died of smallpox at the age of twenty-five.

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