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The figure of a man divided in two parts: a skeleton and a well-dressed gentleman. Engraving by V. Green, 1769, after himself.

  • Green, Valentine, 1739-1813.
10 August 1769
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London (53 Fleet Street) : Robert Sayer, map & printseller, 10 August 1769.

Physical description

1 print : line engraving ; platemark 35.2 x 24.6 cm


An abridgement of Mr. Pope's Essay on Man. Illustrated with notes, critical and moral, extracted from other celebrated authors, by V.G. 1769 ...

References note

A. Whitman, British mezzotinters: Valentine Green, London, 1902, number 325, [p.185]

Lettering note

The skeletal side is marked 'plan', the clothed 'elevation'. The inscription on the tomb reads: "Know thy self. Del. Orac." and "The proper study of mankind is man. Pope." The books are: Pope's "Essay on Man", Locke, Newton, "Life of Alexander", "Albinus's Anatomy", "Adventures of an atom", "Essay on rattles, and sceptres". A series of quotations by Shakespeare, Pope, and Addison surround the figure, their subjects ranging from the insignificance of man to his divinity. A quotation from 'David' reads "I am fearfully [asterisk], and wonderfully made"; an asterisk underneath it is followed by "this word may be render'd by the connoisseurs, frightfully"


Wellcome Library no. 26236i


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