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The Landing of Aeneas in Italy

Claude Gellee Lorrain

The Landing of Aeneas in Italy


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ArtistClaude Gellee Lorrain (1600-1682)
EngraverJames Mason (1710-1775)
TitleThe Landing of Aeneas in Italy
Datepublished 24 June 1772
MediumEngraving
ProvenanceCollection of the British Museum; by whom transferred to the Ministry of Works in 1946
PublishedJ. Boydell, Cheapside, London, 24 June 1772
AcquisitionTransferred from the British Museum, July 1946
LocationFrance, Paris, British Embassy
GAC number237
 
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James Mason

Nothing is known about the early life of the landscape engraver James Mason. He is first mentioned by engraver and antiquary George Vertue, working for the publisher Arthur Pond in 1744, when he was probably in his early twenties. Mason later established himself as a popular engraver, co-publishing some of his own works. He produced several engravings after paintings by landscape and scene painter George Lambert, the majority of which are dated between 1745 and 1761. Mason engraved considerably less after 1780. He died in 1805 at his home in Winchester Row, Paddington, and was buried nearby at St Mary’s Church. He referred to himself as engraver and shopkeeper in his will, which suggests that he also ran a print shop.