Francis Place

(1647—1728) printmaker and potter

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(b Dinsdale, Co. Durham, 1647; d York, 21 Sept. 1728).

English gentleman draughtsman and printmaker, active mainly in York. In 1665 he met Hollar in London (where he had initially intended to study law) and this seems to have been the decisive factor in his taking up art seriously. His early topographical and architectural drawings are near to Hollar's in style, but his later drawings rely on a fuller use of wash, anticipating the technique that became characteristic of 18th-century watercolour painting. Place also made portraits and was a pioneer of the mezzotint technique. His work is best represented in York Art Gallery.

Subjects: Art.

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