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1781-1813 - Piccadilly (Westminster)

Engraver, publisher, and print dealer Mariano Bovi [Bova] was born in 1758 in Naples. In 1781, he was sent by Ferdinand IV to London to be trained for three years in the studio of Francesco Bartolozzi (he would later produce a valued engraving Ferdinand IV Bourbon and His Family after a painting by Angelica Kauffmann). He then turned his attention to publishing and dealing (working with his brother Rocco Bovi). He started business in 1786 at no. 2 Leicester Square, before settling at no. 12 Piccadilly. His substantial 1802 catalogue points to the work of a number of (immigrant) artists and, unusually, proudly stresses the sale of drawings by Diana Beauclerk, Angelica Kayffmann, and other Ladies’. Bovi died in 1813.

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