Youth Insights: Artists’ relationships with printmakers

Esme:– Artists had to send their work to
a printmaker as they lacked the expertise to create prints themselves. This often meant
that they made business for each other and often formed good relationships together.
So, this portrait here is quite a good example of this, because it’s a portrait by John Smith
of a painting by Kneller – who used to hire him to create his prints– and the portrait
features John Smith holding a print that he made of Kneller’s portrait, so it’s quite
a complex joke in a way, it shows their sense of humour and the strength of their relationship,
that they’re able to interlock their work so well.

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