Sir Francis Freeling, Bart. &c. &c. &c.
[London: C. Turner, 1834.]
Scarce mezzotint and etching on steel plate, image 550 x 415mm. 21¾ x 16¼". Laid on a conservation backing with minor abrasions in title area and outside the platemark.
Portrait of Sir Francis Freeling (1764 - 1836), postal reformer and book collector, seated in an armchair. His reading glass is suspended from a ribbon, he holds a roll of paper in his left hand; his right arm rests on a table next to papers, books, inkstand, and seal. A vase on pedestal behind to left, an open box with book on floor on right and bookcase in background. Freeling's leisure was devoted to the formation of a curious and valuable library. He was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1801, and was one of the original members of the Roxburghe Club, founded in 1812. A marble monument was erected to him in the church of St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. After George Jones RA (1786 - 1869), engraved and published by Charles Turner.
Whitman 210 (unnumbered state). DNB.
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