|Artist||George Vertue after Antony Russel|
|Dimensions||Image 282 x 180 mm, Sheet 291 x 192 mm|
John Harris (c.1666-1719) was an English writer, scientist, and Anglican priest. He is best known as the editor of the 'Lexicon Technicum: Or, A Universal English Dictionary of Arts and Sciences' (1704); as the compiler and publisher of the 'Collection of Voyages and Travels'; and as the author of an unfinished county history of Kent.
George Vertue (1684-1756) was an antiquary and engraver. He was born in the parish of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London. Vertue was apprenticed to a silver engraver and later to the Flemish engraver Michael Vandergucht. His early work includes plates after Kneller, whose academy he attended from 1711. Vertue had a deep interest in antiquarian research, and much of his work was devoted to this subject. He also served as the official engraver to the Society of Antiquaries (1717-56). From 1713 onwards, Vertue dedicated his research to the details of the history of British art, which resulted in an extensive collection of notebooks now in the Britsh Library. The contents of which were the basis of Horace Walpole's 1762 'Anecdotes of Painting'. There are approximately five hundred portraits attributed to Vertue, and an equivalent number of published plates which were devoted to antiquarian subjects.
Antony Russel (c.1663-1743) was a British portrait painter. The son and pupil of the painter Theodore Russel, he may also have studied under John Riley. He was a friend of the engraver George Vertue, who engraved some of his portraits. Russel also supplied Vertue with many biographical notes concerning artists of the seventeenth century, which were recorded in Walpole's 'Anecdotes of Painting.'
Condition: Trimmed to platemark and tipped to album page. Light horizontal crease. Collector's stamp of Earl de Gray on verso.