5 of 5 portraits of Joseph Black
by John Kay
4 3/8 in. x 3 3/8 in. (112 mm x 85 mm) plate size; 10 1/4 in. x 8 1/8 in. (261 mm x 205 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Sitterback to top
- Joseph Black (1728-1799), Chemist and physician; President of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (1759-1761 & 1765-1766). Sitter in 5 portraits.
Artistback to top
- John Kay (1742-1826), Miniature painter and caricaturist. Artist associated with 288 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- John Kay: Portraits of curious characters (15 December 2007 - 13 July 2008)
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