Sunday 24 May 2015

Terracotta Bust of John Ray by Roubiliac - British Museum

The Terracotta bust of John Ray at the British Museum.
Photographed 8 April 2015.
For More on the John Ray bust see entry on this blog for 21 May 2015.


All photographs above by the author.

The Plaster Bust of John Ray at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

There is no history with this bust - they suggest 19th Century but there is no reason not to think it an original Roubiliac plaster - there were no plaster versions of this bust in the posthumous Roubiliac sale.

74cms tall.

Photograph V and A website.


John Ray, Engraving by William Hibbert of Bath,
C.1760, Engraving with Mezzotint Toning.

Image - British Museum.

William Hibbert -Printmaker working in Bath. During the course of his life the spelling of his surname changed to 'Hibbert'. By 1755, established as engraver, teacher and heraldic painter at Merchant's Court, Bath; 1779, in partnership with William Gingell at 8 Bridge St; his son, John (q.v.) worked with him at that address untill 1800; by 1805 gave his address as 7 Chapel Row, but died in 1808 at 8 Chapel Row, evidently his son's address. Trade card, Banks 59.91, for 'Hibbert/ Engraver,/ Copper-Plate/ Printer &c/ No 8, Bridge St, Bath' may be for father or son.

Engraving of John Ray of c 1740 by
Thomas Worlidge (1700 - 66).


John Ray by William Faithorne.

Drawing by William Faithorne (1620 - 1691).

Bequeathed to the British Museum by Sir Hans Sloane.


John Ray.

Frontispiece Engraved by George Vertue.

Originally engraved by William Elder, in reverse, as frontispiece to John Ray, 'Stirpium Europearum [...] Sylloge', 1694, his 'Wisdom of God', 1701' and his Three Discourses', 1732.


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