Willi. Camden Clarenceux ye Sone of a painter Nat An.o 1550 Obit. 1623Joseph's Coat Nobility Dative the Second Booke by S: M: [...]
Etching, 220 x 150mm (8½ x 6"). Trimmed along platemark; glued to backing sheet with engraving of a tomb verso.
Portrait of William Camden (1550-1623), historian and herald, known for his 'Britannia' (1586), a copy of which his hands rest upon here. Engraved by Richard Gaywood as a plate to Sylvanus Morgan's 'Sphere of Gentry' (1661). The work consisted of four 'books', of which Josephs's Coat was the second, to which this was presumably the frontispiece. This engraving was taken from a portrait of Camden which was destroyed in the great fire of London in 1666. However, when Morgan became master of the Painter-Stainers' Company in 1676, he presented the company with a portrait of Camden (a former benefactor of the Painter-Stainers), worked up in turn from the Gaywood engraving. That portrait still hangs in the Painter-Stainers' hall.
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