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Print (Mezzotint Engraving) of J. T. Desaguliers, by Peter Pelham after Hans Hysing, with Separate Frame, 1725

preview image for Print (Mezzotint Engraving) of J. T. Desaguliers, by Peter Pelham after Hans Hysing, with Separate Frame, 1725
Inventory Number: 13354
Object Type:
Persons: Peter Pelham (Engraver)
Hans Hysing (Painter)
John Bowles (Publisher)
John Theophilus Desaguliers (Subject)
Date Created: 1725
Accession Number: 1949-15
Brief Description: Mezzotint of the Hysing portrait of Desaguliers, showing him with a magnifying lens and prism. Trimmed close to the plate-mark and mounted on paper or card, framed and glazed. The painter Hysing, based in London but Swedish by birth, was like Desaguliers a member of the social circles of 'virtuosi' in early 18th-century London, which included artists and scientists; he was noted for his 'beautiful hands and draperies', both of which are represented in this engraving.

Its early date (the engraver Pelham includes 1725 in his signature, and emigrated to America in 1727) makes it nearly contemporary with the original painted portrait, at the height of Desaguliers's fame as a London lecturer on 'experimental philosophy'. It is, however, a slightly later impression of Pelham's plate, as the publisher John Bowles moved to the Cornhill address in the early 1730s; this explains why the 'Sold by ...' line, added to the plate at this time, is bolder and in a different style of lettering as compared to the adjacent signatures.

(A later, slightly inferior engraved version is 59227; the Museum's painting of Desaguliers, 56486, attributed to Richardson, shows him in the same pose and attire but with less conventionalised features and without visible instruments.)

Wooden frame for print. Black with gold gilt edging detail. Glazed, card and backing board. Metal hooks and string on reverse for hanging.
Primary Inscriptions: Caption below image: 'J. T. Desaguliers Legum Doctor, Regiae Societatis Londinensis | Socius, Honoratissimo Duci de Chandos a Sacris. Philosophiae Naturalis Experimentorum ope Illustrator.' followed by signatures 'H. Hysing pinx', 'P Pelham fec 1725', and 'Sold by John Bowles at the Black Horse in Cornhill'.
Provenance: Bequeathed by G. H. Gabb in 1948.
Collection Group: Gabb Collection
Material(s): Paper
Card
Wood
Glass
Cotton
metal
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
485 384 27 mm

There are no associated narratives.

Image with multimedia irn 53572

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Print (Mezzotint Engraving) of J. T. Desaguliers, by Peter Pelham after Hans Hysing, 1725

preview image for Print (Mezzotint Engraving) of J. T. Desaguliers, by Peter Pelham after Hans Hysing, 1725
Inventory Number: 13354
Object Type:
Persons: Peter Pelham (Engraver)
Hans Hysing (Painter)
John Bowles (Publisher)
John Theophilus Desaguliers (Subject)
Date Created: 1725
Accession Number: 1949-15
Brief Description: Mezzotint of the Hysing portrait of Desaguliers, showing him with a magnifying lens and prism. Trimmed close to the plate-mark and mounted on paper or card, framed and glazed. The painter Hysing, based in London but Swedish by birth, was like Desaguliers a member of the social circles of 'virtuosi' in early 18th-century London, which included artists and scientists; he was noted for his 'beautiful hands and draperies', both of which are represented in this engraving.

Its early date (the engraver Pelham includes 1725 in his signature, and emigrated to America in 1727) makes it nearly contemporary with the original painted portrait, at the height of Desaguliers's fame as a London lecturer on 'experimental philosophy'. It is, however, a slightly later impression of Pelham's plate, as the publisher John Bowles moved to the Cornhill address in the early 1730s; this explains why the 'Sold by ...' line, added to the plate at this time, is bolder and in a different style of lettering as compared to the adjacent signatures.

(A later, slightly inferior engraved version is 59227; the Museum's painting of Desaguliers, 56486, attributed to Richardson, shows him in the same pose and attire but with less conventionalised features and without visible instruments.)
Primary Inscriptions: Caption below image: 'J. T. Desaguliers Legum Doctor, Regiae Societatis Londinensis | Socius, Honoratissimo Duci de Chandos a Sacris. Philosophiae Naturalis Experimentorum ope Illustrator.' followed by signatures 'H. Hysing pinx', 'P Pelham fec 1725', and 'Sold by John Bowles at the Black Horse in Cornhill'.
Provenance: Bequeathed by G. H. Gabb in 1948.
Collection Group: Gabb Collection
Material(s): Paper
Card
Wood
Glass
Cotton
metal
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
485 384 27 mm

There are no associated narratives.

Image with multimedia irn 53572

Permalink: http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/object/inv/13354