Frontispiece to the Royal Magazine.
Engraving. Plate 184 x 109mm (7¼ x 4¼").
The scene is filled with symbols of the arts and sciences. Counterclockwise from the lower left, these are: barrel and bale for commerce, Euclidean figures and set-squares for geometry, Vauban-style fortress for military sciences, cherubs measuring the globe with a compass for geography, brushes and palette for the fine arts, and mask and sword for drama. Behind the historian, the study of antiquity is indicated by two men reading an inscription on a pyramid near a toppled column. This elaborate allegory illustrates the purpose of the periodical. Mercury, messenger of the gods, informs the historian about world events, here shown by the god interrupting the gentleman writing at his desk to bring to his notice the storm off the coast. The winged goddess Fame waits above, holding her herald's trumpet and scroll of great deeds, ready to spread the news which the writer will record for posterity.
[Ref: 28636] £70.00