Engraved trade card, 155 x 135mm, printed on thick paper; small rust mark at head, trimmed to just outside plate mark; in very good condition.
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John Blundell, Engraver.
A fine and rare trade card for the jobbing engraver John Blundell, the engraved text (in several different hands to demonstrate skill at lettering) surrounded by an ornate border of angels, putti and tools (compasses, palette, easels, busts, burins, sketches, and a map at the head).
John Blundell was recorded in 1727 as an apprentice to James Mynde (fl. 1725-1759), an engraver of maps and globes, but there is little documentary evidence for his later career. He was perhaps a Mason – as well as the compasses, the border features a putto holding aloft an ouroboros (a snake biting its own tail).
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