27 November 2007,
Price realised GBP 10,000
GBP 6,000 - GBP 8,000
WILLIAM PETHER (BRITISH, 1738-1821)
A self-portrait of the artist, seated at his drawing board holding a pencil; easel and palette in background
rectangular, 3 5/16 x 3¼ in. (84 x 82 mm.), gilt-wood frame
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William Pether, an English mezzotint engraver, painter and miniaturist, was born in Carlisle in 1738 and was the cousin of the landscape painter Abraham Pether. He became a pupil of Thomas Frye and in 1761 became his partner. In 1765 he was elected a foundation fellow of the Incorporated Society of Artists and served as a director from 1771-72 and 1773-74. He was a skilled printmaker and is best known for his reproductions after works by Rembrandt and Joseph Wright of Derby.
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