Astronomy Plate LXIII

Method Copper engraved with hand colour
Artist Bell, Andrew
Published A Bell Prin. Wal. Sculptor fecit [London, c.1790]
Dimensions 240 x 175 mm
Notes 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.
Framing unmounted
Price £95.00
Stock ID 48415

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