image volta_alessandro
Image number: RS.11884
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Portrait of Alessandro Volta

Date

early 19th century

Sitter

Alessandro Volta (1745-1827), Physicist

Creator

Ambroise Tardieu (1788-1841, French), Engraver

After

Nicolo Bottoni (active early 19th century), Painter

Object type

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 215mm
width (print): 144mm
height (paper support): 224mm
width (paper support): 152mm

Subject

Description

Head and shoulders portrait of Alessandro Volta in three quarter profile to the right as viewed, looking back to viewer. He wears high collared jacket with lace cravat and has two medals pinned to the left hand breast of his jacket. In an oval frame.

Inscribed ‘Dessiné d’aprés le portrait original de Nicolo Bottoni et gravé par Ambroise Tardieu. ALEXANDRE VOLTA,(Physicien), Associé-étranger de l’Academie des Sciences de Paris Professeur à l’Université de Pavie, Né à le 171’ and pencilled ‘Elected 1791’.

Alessandro was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1791, he was awarded the Copley Medal in 1794.

Provenance: Noted in Catalogue of the prints in the possession of the Royal Society, by Henry George Plimmer FRS (1856-1918), manuscript, p.83

Associated place

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