|Method||Copper engraved with hand colour|
|Published||A. Bell Sculpt. [London, c.1790]|
|Dimensions||225 x 175 mm|
A plate from the Encyclopædia Britannica, from the section on 'Astronomy,' illustrating the effects of gravitational pull and the lunar cycle on tides.
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: Minor time toning to edges of sheet. Blank on verso.