|Artist||Simon van de Passe|
|Dimensions||Image 179 x 110 mm, Plate 183 x 115 mm, Sheet 268 x 170 mm|
Portrait of Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban, half-length, wearing hat and ruff, in an oval cartouche. Plate reworked, with engravers and publishers name removed.
Inscription od Bacon's family motto in banderole above: "MONITI MELIORA".
Inscription of three lines in cartouche below: "Hon.m Francisc Bacon Baro ... 1626 Annoq Aetat 66".
Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban (1561-1626), was a lawyer, philosopher, essayist and scientist, and one of the great intellectual figures of Jacobean England. He was appointed Lord Chancellor in 1618, but was impeached for bribery three years later and confessed to 'corruption' and 'neglect'. He spent the rest of his life in retirement, to devote himself to scientific research, which has led him to be regarded as the father of experimental science in this country. He published "Essays" (1597), the "Advancement of Learning" (1605), the "Novum Organum" (1620) and many other works.
Simon van de Passe (c.1595-1647) was the son of the prominent Dutch engraver and publisher Crispijn van de Passe the Elder. His father was the founder of a distinguished publishing house in Cologne, which produced portraits of European nobility, and religious prints amongst others. The family were forced to leave Cologne because of their Anabaptist faith. They moved to Utrecht, and in 1616, Simon settled in London, where he established for himself a successful portrait engraving practice. He contributed portraits to Henry Holland's "Baziliologia" (1618), and made a number of portraits of the Royal family, noblemen and scholars. In 1624, he moved to Copenhagen as royal engraver to the king of Denmark, a post he held for the rest of his life.
Hollstein, Simon de Passe, 16, iii/iv, O'Donoghue 11, Franken 461, Hind II.249.6.iii
Condition: Strong impression. Slight overall time toning, with minor stain to centre. Several creases to top left.