[The Philosopher Heraclitus]

Method Mezzotint
Artist Captain William Baillie after Gerard ter Borch
Published c.1750
Dimensions Image 265 x 220 mm, Sheet 293 x 230 mm
Notes Text below image:
Engrav'd chiefly by memory from a Picture of Terburgh

A seated portrait of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus after Gerard ter Borch's painting from 1648. Heraclitus is seen seated at a desk, his head resting upon his left hand. On the desk in front of him is an open book, his right hand resting upon the page. A globe is also on the desk to the right.

Gerard ter Borch (1617 – 1681), also known as Gerard Terburg, was an influential and pioneering Dutch genre painter who lived in the Dutch Golden Age. Borch was taught by his Father Gerard ter Borch the Elder, who was also an artist. He influenced fellow Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.

Captain William Baillie (1723 - 1810) originally an army officer he retired in 1761. He was commissioner of stamps from 1773-1795. Baillie was also an amateur printmaker, who became a quasi-professional. Sold all his plates to Boydell (who reprinted them in a collected edition in 1792 and 1803), but continued to etch. Main business was as a picture dealer, and he was the main agent for the Earl of Bute. Died Paddington 22 December 1810, and his posthumous sale was held at Christie's on 15 March 1811.

Chaloner Smith 1883 undescribed

Condition: Trimmed close to plate mark, tear to title area, glue and paper residue to verson, some surface dirt and wear.
Framing unmounted
Price £150.00
Stock ID 48598