London Published as the Act directs Dec.r 31, 1803 by J. Wilkes.
Stipple, very larege margins. Plate 165 x 115mm. 6½ x 4½".
Head and shoulders to right, head in profile, wearing armour, a ruff and ermine cloak and a circlet decorated with an alligator; in an oval; plaque below showing a temple surmounted by a smoking urn and smoking pillars to either side. Ptolemy I Soter (c.367 BC - c.283 BC) was a Macedonian general under Alexander the Great, who later became ruler of Egypt and the founder of both the Ptolemaic Kingdom and Dynasty. One of a number of stipple heads of Kings and Queens of similar format printed on quarto sheets, by Chapman, published by J. Wilkes, 1795-1810. They probably appeared as illustrations to the 'Encyclopaedia Londinensis, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and Literature ... Embellished by ... engravings. Compiled ... by John Wilkes'.
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