Joseph Ames F.R.S. & S.S.A.
Mezzotint, sheet 225 x 160mm (8¾ x 6¼"). Trimmed inside platemark.
Joseph Ames (bap. 1687-d.1759), bibliographer and antiquary. A fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and member of the Royal Society, Ames wrote a history of printing in England ('Typographical antiquities', 1749) and formed a 'museum' of title-pages and stray leaves a specimens of early printing. He also had a large collection of engraved portraits, which he compiled for his 'Catalogue of English Heads', and a coin collection. This portrait, which illustrated the second edition of the 'Typographical Antiquities' in 1785, shows Ames, quill in hand, with his library behind him and a copy of 'Typographical Antiquities' open beside him.
Ex: collection of the late Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd; CS 2; not in O'D.
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