Jonas Hanway. c. 1775.
Etching after Thomas Orde-Powlett, 1st Baron of Bolton (1740-1807). Size of sheet: 22.5 x 17.5 cm.
Literature: O'Donoghue 1, ill.
Wonderful velvety impression with little plate dirt and margins all around in absolutely fresh condition.
The sitter, Jonas Hanway (1712 -1786), was a successful merchant. He first came to recognition by writing the memories of his travels, then by being named the inventor of the umbrella. He spent most of his later life in philanthropy, which can be seen at the Horatio quote inscribed below the medallion.
En Fides, et Pax, et Honor Pudorque
Priscus, et neglecta redire Virtus
James Bretherton was an amateur printmaker, a print publisher as well as a dealer and an auctioneer. In 1773, he settled his dealership at 134, New Bond Street, London. Today, there is another gallery at this address, but of a rather different attitude.