artist: John Smith (English, b.1752, d.1812)

20 Aug 1799
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portrait seen seated almost three-quarter length to right on couch, resting his right arm on pile of books, wearing plain blue coat buttoned across chest, cravat and his hair short; Thompson is seated in a red high-backed armchair. Next to him are volumes hidden by a red curtain and in front a green baize covered table on which stands a set of silver inkwells and paper. He is dressed in grey breeches, white waistcoat and neck-cloth and black coat. Thompson wears a blue sash and a just-visible decoration. The portrait is three-quarter length. The subject leans his head against his right hand, index finger to his temple. Benjamin Thompson was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1779.
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artist: John Smith (English, b.1752, d.1812)
Production place
London, England
Production date
20 Aug 1799
Media description
Colour mezzotint engraving on paper
s: 360 x 280
f: 530 x 410 x 30
Credit line
Foundation Collection, 1989
Project credit line
This digital record has been made available on TJC Collection Online through a significant donation from the OPENING DOORS fund, the generous support of The Friends of The Johnston Collection, and Digitisation Champion Christine Bell
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