James Harris. MDCCLXXVI.
[n.d., but 1781.]
Etching, proof before engraver's name; JB on verso in ink. 180 x 115mm (7 x 4½"). Trimmed to plate.
James Harris (1709-80), F.R.S., Member of Parliament for Christchurch from 1761 until his death, and was Comptroller to the Queen from 1774 to 1780. As well as being a philosopher and musical patron he wrote 'Three Treatises: on art; on music, painting and poetry' in 1744 and, most famously, 'Hermes, a philosophical inquiry concerning universal grammar' in 1751. His son was James Harris, first earl of Malmesbury. This portrait was published as a frontispiece to Harris's ''Philosophical Inquiries', 1781. De Vesme believed this print may be after George Romney, although the sitter is not listed in Horne; however it resembles the oil attibuted to Frances Reynolds, c.1777, given to the National (Portrait) Gallery by the 3rd Earl of Malmesbury in 1865.
De Vesme: 834, iii of iii.
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