- Museum number
Print; portrait of man dressed in evening wear, hair slightly tasselled.
Length: 19.20 centimetres
Width: 12 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Visual Analysis by Pauline Wholey 2019
This portrait of Francois Arago follows the traditional 18th/19th-century protocol, such as the ¾ view, stoic averting gaze, and gentleman attire. However, this print also highlights the 19th-century turn from idealisation towards realism as the neoclassical association with age regained its value.
Arago’s unkempt hair may hint at his indifference with his appearance as his sole focus is on his dedication towards the progress of scientific knowledge. The details emphasising his age (wrinkles, physical signs of aging) often refers to the Roman tradition of equalising age with knowledge and power.
- Not on display
- Latest: 4 (Jun 1995)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The Ilbert Collection of clocks, prints and other related material was destined to be sold at Christie's auction house on 6th-7th November 1958. As a result of the generous donation of funds by Gilbert Edgar CBE the sale was cancelled and the material purchased privately from the beneficiaries of the Ilbert Estate.
Ilbert's watches were then acquired with further funds from Gilbert Edgar CBE, public donations and government funds. These were then registered in the series 1958,1201.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: CAI.2697 (Ilbert Collection)