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Birch's Heads

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1849,0512.389

  • Title (series)

    • Birch's Heads
  • Description

    Portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh, bust directed to right but looking at the viewer, with feathered hat, wearing ruff and brocaded jacket; in an architectural oval with pedestal below; the sitter's decapitated head next to an axe in lower left; a putto writing in a book on top of a globe, an anchor and baton under his knees; before publisher's address. 1739
    Engraving

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1739
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 378 millimetres
    • Width: 239 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered in lower margin: "J. Houbraken sculpsit Amst.".
  • Curator's comments

    For comment on the series see also 1844,0511.13. For other impressions of the same state see 1948,0315.3.35 and 1868,0822.6671. For an impression of a later state see also 1927,1126.1.3.1.
    After a painting of Walter Raleigh and his son by an unknown artist in the National Portrait Gallery, London, inv.no.3914. This plate was engraved in Amsterdam.

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  • Bibliography

    • Ver Huell 1875 27 (under 'Birch-Heads') bibliographic details
    • O'Donoghue 1908-25 5 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (D+F XVIIIc Unmounted Roy)

  • Associated names

  • Associated titles

    • Associated Title: The Heads of Illustrious Persons of Great Britain, Engraved by Mr Houbraken and by Mr Vertue (London, 1743-1752)
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1849

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1849,0512.389

Portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh, bust directed to right but looking at the viewer, with feathered hat, wearing ruff and brocaded jacket; in an architectural oval with pedestal below; the sitter's decapitated head next to an axe in lower left; a putto writing in a book on top of a globe, an anchor and baton under his knees; before publisher's address.  1739  Engraving

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Portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh, bust directed to right but looking at the viewer, with feathered hat, wearing ruff and brocaded jacket; in an architectural oval with pedestal below; the sitter's decapitated head next to an axe in lower left; a putto writing in a book on top of a globe, an anchor and baton under his knees; before publisher's address. 1739 Engraving

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