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Manuel Salvador Carmona

1734 Nava del Rey – 1820 Madrid

The engraver Manuel Salvador Carmona was first trained by his uncle, the sculptor Luis Salvador Carmona. In 1752, the artist went to study in Paris, where he was taught the various printmaking techniques by Nicolas Gabriel Dupuis and stayed until 1763. Carmona was clearly talented, since he was appointed a member of the Académie royale and Graveur du Roi in 1761. Having returned to Madrid, he became an honorary member of the Academia de S. Fernando. A further indication of his social standing is the fact that Salvador Carmona’s second marriage was to a daughter of the court painter Anton Raphael Mengs. Carmona ranks as one of the foremost Spanish engravers of the 18th century.