Antiquities, Pine John, Illustrations of Virgil's Poems-Vol 1, 89 V389 1774
Pine, John-Illustrations of Virgil's Poems-Vol 1, 89-V389, 1774-
Artist: Pine John
Engraver: Pine John
Publisher: Pine Robertus Edge (son)
Paper Size: 140 x 220mm
Print Size:105 x 180mm
Technique: copperplate engraving
Description: fine copperplate engraving
Less well known than his Horace, Pine's Virgil was left unfinished at his death in 1756 with only the Eclogues and Georgics illustrated and issued. His son, Robert Edge Pine, a notable painter in his own right, published this reissue with new preliminaries in 1774
Original Copperplate engraving by engraver and printseller, John Pine (1691 - 1756)
These illustrations for Virgil’s Poems were published in London circa 1774
John Pine, (born 1690—died May 4, 1756), English engraver who published a number of notable illustrated books.
It is not known where Pine learned his art, although he may have studied under the Frenchman Bernard Picart. He operated a print shop in London and thus was able to publish books illustrated with his own engravings. His first important publication, which is also one of the finest examples of his work, was a group of engravings of the ceremonies attending King George I’s establishment of the Order of the Bath (1725). His other productions include a copy of the Magna Carta an edition of Horace and a part of one of Virgil, copies of the tapestries celebrating the defeat of the Spanish Armada, and hanging in the House of Lords and several maps of London.
In 1749 his friend William Hogarth depicted him as the friar in his painting The Gate of Calais, and from that date, Pine was known, to his considerable irritation, as Friar or Father Pine. In 1755 he and a number of other English artists formed a committee to found a royal academy, but he died 12 years before the plans became a reality. From 1743 until his death he was Blue Mantle Pursuivant in the Herald’s College and he lived there during the last years of his life. His two sons, Robert Edge Pine and Simon Pine were both painters.