[Johannes Harris Sac. Theo. P. ro & R.S.S.] Non civium Ardor parva jubentium Nec vultrus instantis Tyrannu mente quatit solida. Horat.
Engraving, proof before lettering of title, artists' names and date. Plate 292 x 196mm. 11½ x 7¾".
Portrait of John Harris (c.1666-1719), the writer and lecturer on science and Prebendary of Rochester; half-length to right, looking to front; wearing a wig and ecclesiastical robes and bands; in an oval frame decorated with Acanthus leaves on top, placed on a pedestal with coat of arms in front; frontispiece to the first volume of John Harris' 'History of Kent' (1719). Harris was a fellow of the Royal Society and for a time its vice-president. He wrote a paper on microscopic observations, and is still known for his Lexicon Technicum, or, An Universal English Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1704), "which became one of the first books to display the importance to the public of Newton's science, and which has since been regarded a prototype of the more famous dictionaries and encyclopaedias of the Enlightenment."
Alexander: 291. NPG: D35521. Wellcome: 6810046; Lugt 53 unknown.
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