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Sir John Frederic William Herschel, M.A.: P.15113-R

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Sir John Frederic William Herschel, M.A.


Printmaker: Ward, William
Painter: Pickersgill, Henry William (After)




After the painting by Henry William Pickersgill (c.1825; St John's College, University of Cambridge, 197). A portrait of the astronomer and polymath, John Herschel (1792-1871), son of German-born astronomer, Frederic William Herschel (1721-1822), known as William Herschel. Half length, wearing academic robes over double-breasted coat with cravat, facing front, looking slightly upwards. His left arm resting on a table to the right, a globe behind.

Acquisition and important dates

by Unknown


19th Century
Production date: AD 1835


Mezzotint on chine collé. Published state with title in open letters. Artists' names engraved at lower left: 'H.W. Pickersgill. Esqr. R.A. pinx.t' and lower right: 'W.m Ward. sculpt. Engraver to His Majesty'. Dedication in italics below: 'To the very Rev.d The Master the Fellows & Scholars of St John's College, Cambridge' in upright capital letters: 'This Portrait of' in open letters: 'Sir John Frederic William Herschel, M.A. / (in italics) F.R.S. L & E., M. R.S.A., F.R.A.S., M.G.S. &c. &c. &c. / And late Fellow of their Ancient & Religious Foundation / Is respectfully dedicated by the Publishers.' / (upright letters) Published 1835. Inscribed in graphite along the lower edge of the sheet: 'Fitzwilliam Museum ... presented'. Inscribed in graphite on sheet at upper centre: '21'. Inscribed in graphite on the verso: '11'.

School or Style


Techniques used in production

Chine collé

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.15113-R
Primary reference Number: 240141
Frankau (Ward): undescribed
Chaloner Smith: undescribed
Russell (Chaloner Smith): undescribed
O'Donoghue: 1
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 9 January 2020 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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