Banquet Piece with Tobacco Jar

17th century

Ganz (Yale, 1994) 62, third state of three; Le Blanc 481 and Wessely 478 as John Smith
A very good impression with thread margins. Minimal rubbing, very pale residual glue-stains in lower blank corners, otherwise in good condition. 241 x 190 mm.

Robinson has been called the most interesting mezzotinter of subject-pieces (as opposed to portraits) practising in England in this early period (Richard Godfrey). He was a “vigorous and highly inventive” painter (National Portrait Gallery) and tackled a remarkable variety of subjects, including still life, which was seldom interpreted in mezzotint. His plates are extremely rare.