Sir Thomas More

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
  • About the artist
    Jacobus Houbraken was born in Dordrecht, the son of Dutch artist and art historian Arnold Houbraken. Jacobus studied under his father, before making his name engraving portraits after both Old Master and contemporary artists, producing works for several countries. He engraved the plates for the third edition of Paul de Rapin’s ‘History of England’ (1743–47) and also for Thomas Birch’s ‘The Heads of Illustrious Lives and Characters of Illustrious Persons of Great Britain’ (1743–52). Hubert-François Gravelot produced the ornamental designs for both works. Houbraken’s pupils included Dutch printmaker and draftsman, Pierre Tanje. Houbraken died in Amsterdam at about the age of 82.

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  • Details
    Title
    Sir Thomas More
    Date
    1741
    Medium
    Engraving
    Dimensions
    height: 36.2cm, width: 22.6cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from F B Daniell, March 1972
    GAC number
    9578