|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Published||A Bell Prin. Wal. Sculptor fecit [London, c.1790]|
|Dimensions||240 x 175 mm|
A plate from the Encyclopædia Britannica, from the section on 'Astronomy,' illustrating the moon. The central largest illustration shows the moons surface, following the telescopic observations of Cassini.
Andrew Bell (1726-1809) was a Scottish engraver, printer, and publisher, best known for the numerous copper-engravings he produced for the Encyclopædia Britannica, a work he co-founded with Colin Macfarquhar. Bell was an eccentric, emphasising his small stature by riding the largest horses available to him, as well as obscuring his abnormally large nose with a false one made of papier-mâché. By the 4th edition of the Encyclopædia, Bell had produced over 500 plates on all subjects, including a series of three for the entry on 'midwifery' that so shocked King George III that he ordered them destroyed.
Condition: Time toning to surface of sheet. Trimmed close to plate mark, without loss.