This is Giovanni Vendramini

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Giovanni Vendramini (1769–8 February 1839) was an Italian engraver.

He was born at Roncade, Province of Treviso. He pursued his studies in his own country till nineteen, studying architecture considering Antonio Gaidon in Bassano del Grappa and engraving, particularly stipple, which he practised in the studio of Antonio Suntach. He subsequently moved to London, and completed his artistic education under Francesco Bartolozzi. In 1802 he married an English wife, and in 1805 he went to Russia, and spent two years in that country. He was patronized by the Emperor and the court, and his talents so highly appreciated, that he was refused a passport in the expose of he was desirous of returning to England. He, however, with the instruction of his friend, the Duke of Saracapriolo at that epoch Neapolitan ambassador, contrived to escape, disguised us a courier charged subsequently dispatches. His departure was hastened by an accident that happened to a large cameo, Alexander and Olympia, from which he had to engrave a plate for the emperor. On his compensation to England he engraved several popular pictures by contemporary painters. Among these are, The Vision of S. Catherine, after Paolo Veronese; S. Sebastian after Jusepe Ribera; Leda after Leonardo da Vinci; and lastly, the Raising of Lazarus after Sebastiano del Piombo. Vendramini was a unconditionally accurate draughtsman, and frequently engraved from a portray without making a preparatory drawing. He died in London.

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