Martin Folkes Esqr.
Sold by Faber at the Golden Head in Bloomsbury Square.
Mezzotint with very large margins. 18th century watermark. Plate 326 x 221mm (12¾ x 8¾). Excellent condition.
Martin Folkes, FRS (October 29, 1690 – 1754), English antiquary and natural philosopher, who became a member of the Royal Society at the age of twenty-four, subsequently becoming vice-president (after Sir Isaac Newton's death, Folkes lost out to Hans Sloane in a fiercely contested battle for the presidency). He became president of the Society of Antiquaries in 1750. This portrait was engraved by Hogarth's friend John Faber, from the painting by Hogarth in the Royal Society collection. Folkes and Hogarth were both connected to the Foundling Hospital in Bloomsbury.
Ex: collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; Paulson 154 (copy); CS 132 i/ii
[Ref: 34100] £360.00