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After Pether, William (1731-95)

George, William and John Smith 1765

Mezzotint | 53.0 × 41.6 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 661845

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This is a typical eighteenth-century 'conversation piece', depicting acquaintances – in this case, brothers – gathered for informal social discourse. George, William and John Smith all worked as artists and derived a little celebrity from that fact (though families of artists, often over several generations, were common throughout Europe).