mezzotint, circa 1700-1725.
13 7/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (352 mm x 252 mm) paper size
48 3/4 in. x 39 1/4 in. (1240 mm x 997 mm)
David Le Marchand was born in Dieppe. His family had produced painters, and probably also ivory carvers as the port was known for this craft. A Protestant, he appears to have left France after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 and is first recorded in Edinburgh in 1696. In that year he was given permission to open a shop there and his earliest portrait, of a member of the Cromartie family, was carved in the same year. By 1706 he was certainly in London, where he carved portraits of Queen Anne and George I, members of the Whig aristocracy, wealthy Huguenots and leading intellectuals of the early years of the eighteenth century. Although clearly successful until a few years before his death, he died in poverty six weeks after entering the French Hospital, London, at the expense of the charity.
Text British Museum Website
After Michael Rysbrack.
Height 574mm x width 528 mm x depth 230 mm.
The monument originally stood out against the flat front of the choir screen, but was enclosed within the present decorative arch when Edward Blore re-modelled the screen in 1834.
Smith was also well aware of the project embarked upon by the impresario and art dealer Owen McSwinny for a series of twenty-four allegorical tombs in celebration of great English men since the Revolution of 1688.