David Teniers. "Dutch Pastime."
London: John Boydell, 1792. 19 3/4 x 29 1/4. Engraving by John Collyer. Very good condition.
Boydell, a land surveyor in the employment of his father, was inspired by an engraving by W.H. Toms to leave his home in Shropshire about 1750 and walk to London to apprentice himself to Toms. After six years, Boydell set up his own shop and thus began his career as one of the greatest of print publishers. Boydell was much concerned with the French dominance of the European print market at mid-century, and it was mostly by his efforts that by the 1780s Britain became a print exporting country. A separately issued print which was sold for the decorative market.