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Friday 30 July 2021

Johann Lorenz Haid’s mezzotint, “Man with a Magnifying Glass”, c1740, after Giovanni Battista Piazzetta

Johann Lorenz Haid (1702–1750)

“Man with a Maynifying Glass” (descriptive title only), c1740, after Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (aka Giambattista Piazzetta) (1682–1754), published by Johann Christian Leopold (1699–1755) in Augsburg.

Mezzotint on laid paper (with watermark), trimmed with a narrow margin around the image borderline and writing edge.

Size: (sheet) 38.9 x 27.5 cm; (image borderline) 37.4 x 26.9 cm.

Lettered in plate below the image borderline: (left) “Iohann Baptista Piazzetta/ Venetus delineavit”; (left of centre) “Lorenz Haid/ sculpsit”; (centre) “Cum Gratia et Privilegio Sacræ Caesareae/ Majestatis”; (right) “Iohann Christian Leopold excudit/ Augustæ Vindelicorum”

Condition: richly inked and well-printed impression, trimmed with a narrow margin around the image borderline and writing edge. The sheet has minor handling fractures, marks and creases to the edges, otherwise the sheet is in excellent condition for its considerable age with no significant tears, holes, stains or foxing,

I am selling this spectacular mezzotint showing a man wearing a feathered hat examining the viewer with a magnifying glass—I would like to call it a loupe but as the device has a handle I feel obliged to call it a magnifying glass—for the total cost of AU$445 (currently US$328.78/EUR276/GBP235.51 at the time of posting this print) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this marvellous example of how a print can excite a reflexive response in viewers, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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