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Charles Snell (1667-1733), writing master

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1712 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bickham, George II the younger (engraver)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Beqeathed by Sir Ambrose Heal

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PP, shelf 64

Physical description

Engraving by George Bickham I (c.1684-1769). Charles Snell (1667-1733), writing master. Portrait, head and shoulders, facing half right, within an oval border with letters flanked by winged female figures emblematic of Fame and Victory, and by putti holding a ribbon with a motto; below lie two male figures emblematic of Envy and Falsehood. Frontispiece to Snell’s ‘Art of Writing in its Theory and Practice’, London, 1712. Lettered with name of sitter, the anagram ‘Arts Illucens Luso’ and ‘P. La’Vergne inv: G. Bickham sculpt.’

Place of Origin

London (published)


1712 (published)


Bickham, George II the younger (engraver)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Lettered with name of sitter

'Arts Illucens Luso'
Lettered with anagram

'P. La’Vergne inv: G. Bickham sculpt.'


Height: 20.3 cm, Width: 31 cm

Object history note

Le B.39; BM:P:2; Heal pp.102, 103,161. Frontispiece to Snell's 'Art of Writing in its
Theory and Practice', London, 1712 (Berlin II, no.5054).

Descriptive line

Engraving by George Bickham I (c.1684-1769). Portrait of Charles Snell (1667-1733), writing master, with emblematic figures. Frontispiece to Snell's 'Art of Writing in its Theory and Practice', London, 1712. Lettered with names of sitter, artist, engraver and anagram.

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

Teachers; Portraits; Men




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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