John Townsend

Artist's Biography

James Ferguson, F.R.S.

Mezzotint, 1776
Image size 12 7/8 x 9 7/8" (32.8 x 25.1 cm) plus margins.
Fair to good condition. Small section of left margin replaced. Vertical crease on left. Period handcoloring.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 81574
Price: $1,950.00
Publisher : Printed for Robert Stewart Engraver, & Modeller of portraits in Wax No 15 Millman Street Bedford Row Holburn.
John Townsend pinxt. As the Act directs. December y 27th. 1776. First of three states. Scratch letter proof. Sitter's name “James Ferguson F.R.S.” written in ink. James Ferguson (1710–1776) - Scottish self-taught astronomer, instrument & globe maker and artist. He was a highly successful lecturer on experimental philosophy and science. Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society (F.R.S.) in 1763. He is particularly remembered as an inventor and improver of astronomical and other scientific apparatus. These include a new type of orrery, clocks, and his astronomical rotula. His lectures and books were noted for their clear explanations for a general audience, and Astronomy Explained upon Sir Isaac Newton's Principles and Made Easy for Those Who Have Not Studied Mathematics (1756) was a bestseller. Benjamin Franklin was a friend and scientific collaborator. Little is known of the artist, John Townsend (active 1776-78) or the engraver Robert Stewart, (active 1776-86). 18th-19th Century Subjects , Portraits , Famous People