bound volume (dimensions 54 x 38 x 7) title inscr. on plate b.c. "Mrs. Anne Roydhouse."; inscr. on plate b.l. "I.B. de Medina pinx:"; s. on plate b.c. "I. Smith fec."; inscr. br. "Sold by I. Smith at the Lyon and Crown in Russel Street Covent Garden" CRE SMITH, John; (English; 1652-1743) AFTER MEDINA, John Baptist de, Sir; (English; 1655/60-1711) Part of William Hunter's original bequest, this is one of three volumes which together contain 488 mezzotints, almost all made or published by John Smith. About two thirds are portraits of eminent late Stuart, early Hanoverian persons, and one third fancy and mythological subjects.
Instrumental in raising the standard of mezzotint portraits, Smith was the first British printmaker to gain a European reputation, and examples of his work were essential for any serious early to mid 18th century European print collection.
Hunter's set of volumes is a rare surviving example of a comprehensive collection of mezzotints compiled in the 1730s.
Very little is known about Ann Roydhouse other than that she sat for a portrait by John Baptist de Medina, a portrait and history painter born in Brussels of Spanish descent and active for many years in London and then Edinburgh. This print after that portrait appears in volume two among other portraits of the wives and daughters of eminent men.