Johannes Radcliffe M.D.Obijt 1o. Nov: MDCCXIV Aetat: 65.
[G. Edwards, c.1757.]
Scarce re-issue by George Edwards of this engraved portrait. Edwards's engraved dedication to physician Thomas Reeve is printed from a separate plate immediately beneath, the inscription indicating that he gave the copper plate to the Royal College of Physicians, and ending "Now first published May 1st 1757./ according to Act of Parliament". Laid paper. Portrait plate 375 x 275mm (14¾ x 10¾"), inscription 55 x 275mm (2¼ x 10¾"). Full margins; heavily restored in top right and centre with repairs to small holes.
Dr John Radcliffe (1652 - 1714), physician and benefactor to University of Oxford; founder of the Radcliffe Library. He is seated, wearing a wig, long coat over his waistcoat, left hand with gloves on his thigh, at the Radcliffe Camera. To the left, a table with folded paper and black jewelled hat; arched alcove in background beyond. After Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646 - 1723). George Edwards (1694 - 1773), better known for his volumes of bird plates, was employed by Sir Hans Sloane in drawing watercolours of animals and birds, and his inscription mentions that "the Plate was the Property of the late Hans Sloane". He was Librarian to the Royal College of Physicians from 1733 and later Engraver to the College. He taught himself to etch.
See Wellcome 2417-1 for a first state of the portrait. This version not in BM. Alexander 'Vertue as Engraver' 295.
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