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ID number:  BIRBI-57.2
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Nanteuil, Robert (c. 1623-1678)
Title / Object name:  John Evelyn
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Paris
Culture:  French
Date made:  about 1650
Materials:  Engraving
Provenance:  Purchased from Colnaghi's, January 1957
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This engraving portrays Sir John Evelyn (1620-1706), the English writer known for his publications on culture, politics and the arts. Evelyn commissioned this portrait by Nanteuil whilst visiting Paris during the early 1650s. It is set in a simple oval and rests on an architectural plinth that is covered with Evelyn’s writings. Evelyn was particularly known for his treatise on trees, Sylva, or A Discourse of Forest Trees, written in 1664. The fourth edition (1706) appeared just after his death and featured this engraving which had been produced more than fifty years earlier.

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