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Mr. James Brindley Engineer to his Grace the Duke of Bridgewater

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    1770 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dunkarton, Robert, born 1744 - died 1811 (engraver)
    Parsons, Francis (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mezzotint on laid paper

  • Museum number:

    24674

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PP, shelf 5, box A

Physical description

Three-quarter-length portrait, standing, turned to the left and looking to front; left hand hip and right hand on a surveyor's level which is on a tripod stand. In the right background is a vase on a plinth and a tree. In the left background is a view of the Barton Aqueduct, canal and barges crossing it.

Place of Origin

London (printed)

Date

1770 (printed)

Artist/maker

Dunkarton, Robert, born 1744 - died 1811 (engraver)
Parsons, Francis (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Mezzotint on laid paper

Marks and inscriptions

'F. Parsons Pinxt. R. Dunkarton fecit 1770. Mr. James Brindley Engineer to his Grace the Duke of Bridgewater and to the Canal Navigations now Carrying on in different parts of the Kingdom. This Print is Dedicated to the Nobility and Gentry, Subscribers to the Navigable Canals and to all Lovers & Encouragers of Those who have Distinguish'd themselves in ye Mechanick Arts for ye Benefit of their Country By their Oblig'd & Obedient Humble Servant, F. Parsons. To be had at his house in Gt. Ormond Street London. Pr.10.6.'
Lettered

Dimensions

Height: 54.6 cm cut to, Width: 39.5 cm cut to

Object history note

The original portrait, painted 1770, is in the National Portrait Gallery (NPG 6170).

Descriptive line

Three-quarter-length portrait of the engineer James Brindley, with a view of the Barton Aqueduct. Mezzotint by Robert Dunkarton after Francis Parsons, 1770.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Smith, John Chaloner. British Mezzotinto Portraits. London: Henry Sotheran & Co., 1883. Vol. 1, p. 224.

Materials

Laid paper

Techniques

Mezzotint

Subjects depicted

Barges; Tripod; Vase; Plinth; Level; Aqueduct; Engineer

Categories

Portraits; Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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