Christopher Duke of Albemarle

Engraver Isaac Beckett British
After Thomas Murray British, Scottish
Sitter Christopher Monk, 2nd Duke of Albemarle British

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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, many after leading painters. This example after Sir Godfrey Kneller represents Christopher Monck, duke of Albemarle who wears a long dark wig, lace cravat and embossed armor, with the insignia of the Order of the Garter hanging on a ribbon around his neck.

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