The true Effigies of Nathaniell Nye, Mathematician.
Pen and ink and grey wash, sheet 130 x 100mm. 5 x 4".
Portrait in oval of Nathaniel Nye (baptised 1624, Birmingham – after 1647), English mathematician, astronomer, cartographer and gunner. Nye developed an interest in guns – Birmingham's principal trade during the English Civil War – and he is recorded as testing a Birmingham cannon in 1643 and experimenting with a saker cannon in the Deritend area in 1645. From 1645 he was the master gunner to the Parliamentarian garrison at Evesham and in 1646 he successfully directed the artillery at the Siege of Worcester, detailing his experiences and in his 1647 book The Art of Gunnery. Inscribed 'Aetatis suae 20 Ao. 1644' in image; ink-ruled rectangular outer border. A copy of the etching by Wenceslaus Hollar (1607 - 1677), by George Perfect Harding (1781 - 1853), portrait painter, copyist and antiquary.
See NPG D27916.
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