A Philosopher gives a Lecture on the Orrery

Made:
1768 in London
artist:
Joseph Wright of
publisher:
Josiah Boydell
engraver:
William Pether

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A Philosopher gives a Lecture on the Orrery] / Jos, Wright Pinxt, ; J Boydell, Exct, ; Wm, Pether fecit 1768. - [2nd
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B/W copy photograph of A Philosopher gives a Lecture on the Orrery] / Jos, Wright Pinxt, ; J Boydell, Exct, ; Wm,
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A Philosopher gives a Lecture on the Orrery. Mezzotint./ Jos, Wright Pinxt, ; J Boydell, Exct, ; Wm, Pether fecit
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[A Philosopher gives a Lecture on the Orrery] / Jos, Wright Pinxt, ; J Boydell, Exct, ; Wm, Pether fecit 1768. - [2nd state]. - 1print: mezzotint [cut to] platemark 48.5x58.3cm, image 45x58.3cm. in wood veneer and gilt frame, 76x85.5x4cm. - After the oil painting by Joseph Wright of Derby, 1766. - Subject: a transparent orrery, the light source within it from a lamp replacing the sun; wonders of the universe demonstrated to a lay audience including a woman and three children, foreground nephew to scientist 5th Earl Ferrers; to L standing taking notes, cartographer Peter Perez Burdett; philosopher / lecturer stylised, variously suggested as Ferguson, Whitehurst or Newtonian ideal

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Category:
Art
Materials:
glass, mezzotint engraving, paper (fibre product), pine (wood), walnut (wood) veneer
Measurements:
overall (frame) 760 mm x 855 mm x 60 mm,
overall: 485 x 583 mm
Identifier:
1976-340
type:
print
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
credit:
Christie Manson and Woods Ltd.
status:
Permanent collection

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