HUME, DAVID (<i>1711-1776, philosopher and historian</i>)
Lot 279
HUME, DAVID (1711-1776, philosopher and historian) PORTRAIT BY DAVID MARTIN (1737-1797) AFTER ALLAN RAMSAY (1713-1784),
Sold for £720 (US$ 1,135) inc. premium

Lot Details
HUME, DAVID (1711-1776, philosopher and historian)
PORTRAIT BY DAVID MARTIN (1737-1797) AFTER ALLAN RAMSAY (1713-1784),
mezzotint, half-length in semi-military uniform adapted for diplomatic work, his left arm leaning on two volumes of Tacitus, titled as painted by Ramsay in 1766 and engraved by Martin in 1767, very fine impression (fairly unobtrusive crease across middle where formerly tipped into an album), 151/4 x 11 in (38.7 x 27.9 cm).

Footnotes

  • REFERENCES: Chaloner Smith 2; O'Donoghue 584/1; Alastair Smart, Allan Ramsay : A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings, edited by John Ingamells, 1999; E.C. Mossner, The Life of David Hume, 1980.

    The original painting from which this mezzotint was taken was made when Hume was acting as host to Rousseau, before their quarrel which became an international scandal. The 'uniform' in which Hume was painted dates from when he attended the military envoy General James St Clair in Turin and Vienna in 1748. It had been thought necessary that Hume should 'appear to be an Officer, and [he] was accordingly disguised in Scarlet', a uniform he wore 'like a Grocer of the Trained Bands.' When George III saw the picture he thought it 'very like, but thought the dress rather too fine; to which Ramsay replied that he wished posterity should see that one philosopher during your Majesty's reign had a good coat upon his back.' The original painting is in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Ramsay and Hume were good friends - they were fellow founders of the Select Society in Edinburgh which did so much for the Scottish Enlightenment.

    Martin's portrait of Hume is considered to be one of his most significant mezzotints.
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