Portrait mezzotint print from engraving, copy of oil painting of Harrison John 1734-1797

Made:
1734-1797 in Derby
engraver:
John Raphael Smith
artist:
Joseph Wright of
Mezzotint, engraving, portrait of John Harrison, surgeon of Derby, engraved by Smith John Raphael (1751-1812) from an

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Mezzotint, engraving, portrait of John Harrison, surgeon of Derby, engraved by Smith John Raphael (1751-1812) from an
Science Museum Group Collection
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Mezzotint, engraving, portrait of Harrison John, surgeon of Derby, engraved by Smith John Raphael (1751-1812) from an oil by Wright Joseph of Derby (1734-1797), listed in the artist's account notebook ca.1781 as "Dr Harrison #12.12.0", sitter formerly identified as Harrison John, chronometer maker, 1693-1776; now identified as a surgeon of Derby, died 1787. Portrait, platemark 38x27.6cm, [2nd state?] HL to L, looking to front; oval frame; quotation from Plautus 'Non invenies alterum Lepidiorem ad omnes res, nec qui amicus amico sit magis'.; Chaloner Smith, 1272.74; Wright of Derby / J. Egerton. Tate Gallery, 1990, P23. Woodcroft Collection.

This portrait formed part of the Bennet Woodcroft Bequest, which was among the founding collections of the Science Museum. Woodcroft had developed a 'National Gallery of Portraits of Inventors, Discoverers and Introducers of the Useful Arts’ combining gifts, loans and purchases of portraits, while acting as the first curator of the Patent Museum.

Details

Category:
Art
Object Number:
1859-60
Materials:
mezzotint engraving and paper
Measurements:
platemark: 380 mm x 276 mm
type:
print
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Woodcroft Collection