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David Hume

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David Hume, by James Tassie, circa 1791 -NPG 4897 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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David Hume

by James Tassie
circa 1791
4 in. x 3 in. (102 mm x 76 mm) oval
NPG 4897

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Incised on truncation: DAVID HUME and T.

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This posthumous image apparently derives from the engraved profile by Cochin of 1764. Tassie had produced a medallion of Hume’s kinsman, the dramatist John Home, in 1791. A second type by Tassie, showing Hume all’antica with short hair and a drape over his bare shoulder, is represented in the Scottish NPG (PG 1196). [1]

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1) J. M. Gray, James and William Tassie, a biographical and critical sketch with a catalogue of their portrait medallions of modern personages, 1894, no.199.

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Gray 1894
J. M. Gray, James and William Tassie, a biographical and critical sketch with a catalogue of their portrait medallions of modern personages, 1894, no.198.

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Sotheby’s, Gleneagles, 24 August 1972, lot 108, bought Leggatt for the NPG.

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