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Writing Masters of London

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    ca. 1732 (engraved)
    1732 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bickham, George II the younger (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Sir Ambrose Heal

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PP, shelf 67

Physical description

Cutting from an engraving by George Bickham I (c.1684-1769) titled 'Writing Masters of London' depicting a portrait of Robert More II (1671-1727?). The full engraving features six head and shoulders portraits including More in ovals arranged in a calligraphic border with flanking angels, crossed pens and a crown of laurels. The other sitters are Charles Snell (1667-1733), George Shelley (1666?- 1736?) Ralph Snow (1670-1744), Thomas Ollyffe (fl.1685-c.1725), and John Clark (1683-1736). Probably the frontispiece to George Bickham’s The penman’s companion, 1732.

Place of Origin

London (published)


ca. 1732 (engraved)
1732 (published)


Bickham, George II the younger (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving on paper


Height: 10.1 cm cutting from a larger impression, Width: 4.7 cm cutting from a larger impression

Object history note

The group of portraits to which this portrait belongs appears to have formed the upper part of an engraved ‘Poem on Writing’ published by Henry Overton, which is listed in a sheet of letterpress dated 1739 in a copy of Charles Snell’s The Art of Writing, in the Victoria and Albert Museum Library. A later impression published by R. Sayer is in the British Museum. However, Martin Breslauer of Museum Street, London, in Catalogue No.70, March 1950, describes the only recorded copy of Bickham’s The penman’s companion, 1732, with this group of portraits as frontispiece.

Descriptive line

Portrait of Robert More II (1671-1727?); cutting from engraving by George Bickham I (ca.1684-1769), 'Writing Masters of London'. Probably the frontispiece to George Bickham's 'The penman's companion', 1732, London.

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings Accessions 1965 pub. HMSO 1966


Paper; Printing ink



Subjects depicted

Portraits; Teachers; Men




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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