M. Dahl, 1714. “The Honourable S. Thomas Hardy Knt. Late Rear Admiral of the Blue Squadron of His Majesties Fleet.”
London: Bowles and Carver, ca 1795. Mezzontint engraving by John Faber, 1722. Laid paper. 20th century hand color. Some toning to paper. Else, very good condition. Ref: Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits: 180.
This print is most likely the third state with the first state being issued in 1722 by John Faber. Carrington Bowles acquired the plate and a second state was issued with his name and address and the inventory number “27” added below the image. In 1794, Carrington Bowles acquired a partner John Carver which continued to flourish in London from 1793 until 1832. Upon the death of Carrington Bowles (1724-1793), his firm was taken over by his son Henry Carington Bowles (1763-1830). Bowles and (Samuel) Carver published prints and maps from old copper plates and disseminated them throughout the world.