John Boydell: The Enlightenment man.
A biographical sketch of an outstanding representative of the English Age of Enlightenment John Boydell, engraver, art dealer, publisher, politician.
"It may be a matter of wonder to some, what enducements I could have to present the City of London with so many expensive Pictures; the principal reasons that influence me were these:
First: to show my respect for the Corporation, and my Fellow Citizens,
Secondly: to give pleasure to the Public, and Foreigners in general,
Thirdly: to be of service to the Artists, by shewing their works to the greatest advantage: and,
Fourthly: for the mere purpose of pleasing myself."
Image: Portrait of John Boydell by Sir William Beechey. 1801. Guildhall Art Gallery. London.
Shakespeare GalleryEighteen Century is a time of glory for Shakespeare. His plays were the main part of a repertory. For an actor, Shakespeare’s role was an apprenticeship qualification. Visual Art contributed to the popularity of Shakespeare via engravings for illustrated editions. The culmination was The Shakespeare Gallery initiated by John Boydell (1719 - 1804), a London engraver, artist, publisher, entrepreneur, and politician of the XVIII century.