Peter Mazell, Engraver

(fl. c. 1761-1788)


From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Although Mazell does not appear to have ever actually worked in Ireland, he may have been a native of Dublin, of a Huguenot family. A Pierre Mazell, perfumer and haberdasher in Aungier Street, died on 2nd March, 1787, aged 65, and with his wife Catherine Rocque, who died on 7th September, 1788, was buried in the French burial-ground in Stephen's Green.

Peter Mazell is first heard of in 1761 when he sent a landscape to the Society of Artists in London. He continued to exhibit, chiefly prints, until 1791, and was elected a Fellow of the Society in 1772, and Vice-President in 1790. He exhibited "Flowers in water-colour" in the Royal Academy in 1797. Mazell engraved three of the series of five views of the Parliament House, after Rowland Omer, which were published by Bernard Scalé in 1767. One of the six large views of Killarney, after Jonathan Fisher, published by Fisher in Dublin in 1770, was his work, viz.: "The Upper Lake of Killarney," which he exhibited at the Society of Artists in London in 1770. He also engraved one of Fisher's six views of Carlingford and its vicinity, viz.: "View from the bottom of the Mountain Road opposite Narrow Water," published in London in 1772. Mazell was employed by Boydell on some plates after Smith of Chichester, in 1763, and by Pennant for the engravings in "British Zoology," published in 1766, and "Tour in Wales," 1778. He also did the plates for C. Cordiner's "Ruins and Romantic Prospects of North Britain," 1788, and for Cook's "Voyages."

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