Thomas Hobbes,ne en 1588 mort en 1679.
[Paris: Brunet, c.1760.]
Crayon manner printed in reddish-brown ink, sheet 295 x 220mm. 11½ x 8¾". Very slight stain on coat. Cut in on left.
Portrait of British social philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588 - 1679); shoulder-length hair, rabat, buttoned tunic and cloak covering right shoulder. Hobbes wrote extensively on history, geometry and politics. His major work, Leviathan (1651), was an important influence on the tradition of utilitarian political thinking. He was the friend of Francis Bacon, Ben Jonson and William Harvey, and tutor of Charles II, who later granted him a pension, but his reputation as an atheist gained him many opponents within the Church and government. By Jean Charles François (1717 - 1769), inventor the crayon manner technique of etching in 1757. Numbered 'IIe. Metha' upper right. For Alexandre Savérien's 'Histoire des Philosophes modernes', published in eight 4to volumes from 1760-1767. 79 plates (and eight frontispieces) were engraved for the book.
Wellcome 1408 - not in.
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