John Locke Esq.In the Possession of the Rev.d Dr. William Geekie.
Copper engraving. Plate 362 x 235mm. 14¼ x 9¼". Trimmed to the plate along side edges.
Portrait, half-length to front, with head turned to look towards right; wearing a loose gown over shirt with high collar; in an oval frame decorated with shell, scroll, Acanthus leaf and ribbon on top, placed over a pedestal, with cartouche in front, featuring a figure seated behind a globe and shield, holding a laurel branch, leaning on books; three volumes of books on left, lettered with "Lock. Vol. III.", "Lock I", and "Vol II". John Locke F.R.S. (1632-1704), the 'Father of Liberalism' and the English philosopher and physician. He was regarded as one of the most influential of the Enlightenment thinkers. His contributions to classical republicanism and liberal theory are reflected in the American Declaration of Independence. Illustration to Nicholas Tindal's "The Continuation of Mr Rapin's History of England". According to Alexander, subscription for the series was advertised by the publishers John and Paul Knapton in 1737. Most plates were engraved by Jacob Houbraken in Amsterdam, and the rest by Vertue.
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