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Nathaniel Plimer, the miniature painter

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1815-22 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Geddes, Andrew, born 1783 - died 1844 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching on copper, printed on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Sheepshanks

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EE, shelf 157

Physical description

Etching on copper, printed on paper, depicting Nathaniel Plimer, the miniaturist, in later years. Head and shoulders portrait, clean shaven with a blotched complexion and wearing a broad-brimmed hat. Third state impression, before letters, with added shading in the background, and an inscription below the sketch of the gallows. Signed by the artist.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


ca. 1815-22 (made)


Geddes, Andrew, born 1783 - died 1844 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etching on copper, printed on paper

Marks and inscriptions

A. Geddes ft.

Give the Devil his due
Inscribed lower right


Height: 7.3 in, Width: 5.125 in

Descriptive line

Etching by A. Geddes depicting Nathaniel Plimer, the miniature painter. Great Britain, ca. 1815-22.


Paper; Ink


Etching; Printing

Subjects depicted

Hats; Portrait; Artist; Gallows


Prints; Portraits; Scotland


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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