John Boydell 1777 Engraving of Tenier's Kitchen by J B Michel
This is a very scarce engraving by J B Michel, published 1777 by John Boydell, of Tenier's Kitchen.
Jean Baptiste Michel was a stipple and line engraver who studied art in Paris under Chenu. After establishing his reputation in France, he moved to London around 1780 and during the following years was commissioned to engrave decorative, religious and historical plates after the designs of Leonardo, Carracci, Pietro da Cortona, Maratti, Velazquez and many others. He also engraved many fine plates after contemporary painters such as Benjamin West and Boucher. Jean Baptiste Michel was regularly commissioned by John Boydell.
John Boydell was born in poverty in Shropshire in 1719 and was one of England’s most remarkable 18th century personalities. He began his career as a mediocre engraver of small book plates and then started a second career as a publisher of fine prints. His initial experiments in the 1760’s led to rapid expansion and during the 1770’s he published his series of mezzotint engravings, Liber Veritas, engraved by Richard Earlom after the drawings of Claude Lorrain. This was a huge financial success for John Boydell and established London as an important publisher for the arts, resulting in Boydell being elected Lord Mayor of London, in 1791. The same year marked the start of Boydell’s most grandiose undertaking, commissioning the most esteemed painters and engravers in the country to create and design large and expensive engravings based upon the plays and life of William Shakespeare. This monumental venture continued until Boydell’s death. By that time, The Shakespeare Gallery had created and published 170 engravings on a grand scale. However, the expenses for this project were so large that Boydell ended his life the way he began, dying penniless in 1804.
David Teniers was the most famous 17th-century painter of peasant life, enjoying international popularity in his own lifetime and during the
18th century, especially in France. Teniers's success was marked by the
acquisition of a country house in 1662 and by the grant in 1680 of a
patent of nobility. His work was imitated by many followers, including
his son, David Teniers III. Teniers was born in Antwerp and probably trained by his father, David Teniers the Elder. The work of Brouwer was an important influence. Teniers produced a more refined version of
Brouwer's peasant scenes, and later created scenes of fashionable life.
His work was also influenced by his father-in-law Jan Breughel.
Engraver: Jean Baptiste Michel
Artist: David Teniers
Subject: Tenier's Kitchen
Publisher: John Boydell, London
Dimensions of the framed print (approx): 773mm x 643mm
Condition: Good condition for age, there are some minor scratches to the print - see photographs for detailed condition.
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