The Old Print Shop

Honest Will Crouch.

  • ARTIST: Peter Pelham

  • MEDIUM: Mezzotint engraving,

    DATE: 1725.

  • EDITION SIZE: Sheet size 11 3/4 x 8 5/8" (30 x 21 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: Lower left "N. Tucker pinx, 1725". Lower right "P. Pelham fecit." Text under image: "In constant Industry (deserving Praise) : Honest Will:Crouch has Spent his youthfull Days. : He pious Bounties, undistinguish'd gave; : Intomb'd the *Princess, and reliev'd the Slave. : Age he undaunted bears, nor fears decay; : Since Art preferves what Time would take away. *She call'd the German Princess."<br><br> Peter Pelham was born in London c.1697. In 1713 he apprenticed to John Simon, a leading engraver of mezzotints of the day. Afterwards he found employment with various printsellers producing mezzotints. While in London he is known for producing at least twenty-six portraits which this is one. In 1726 or 1727 he immigrated to America with his wife and two sons. He settled in Boston and established a school where he taught writing, reading, dancing, painting, and needlework. He also practiced his work as an engraver of mezzotints and is known to have produced the first mezzotint in the colonies.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Scarce print.

  • CONDITION: Paper is trimmed to plate line. Subtil staining in the title margin. Once was tipped into a scrapbook.

  • REFERENCE: British Museum. The Edwin Babcock Holden collection #4179.