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Mons.r Voltaire.
Mons.r Voltaire.
L.Sen delin.t. C.Corbutt fec.t
[London, Sayer, c.1760?]
Mezzotint. 355 x 250mm. Framed.
François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 30 May 1778), better known by the pen name Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, essayist, deist and philosopher known for his wit, philosophical sport, and defense of civil liberties, including freedom of religion and the right to a fair trial. He was an outspoken supporter of social reform despite strict censorship laws in France and harsh penalties for those who broke them. A satirical polemicist, he frequently made use of his works to criticize Christian Church dogma and the French institutions of his day. Corbutt was a pseudonym used by the Irish engraver Richard Purcell when plagarising the work of others, usually for the publisher Robert Sayer. Sen's portrait showing the sitter working at his desk in a library had been previously engraved by Richard Houston.
C.S. Purcell 73.
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