Credit: ┬ęThe Royal Society
    Image number: RS.14165

    Portrait of Adam Smith

    Adam Smith (1723 - 1790, British) , Philosopher
    Josiah Wedgwood (1730, British) , Potter
    James Tassie (1735 - 1799, British)
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    height (mount): 95mm
    width (mount): 80mm
    Content object
    An oval cameo portrait of Adam Smith, wearing a high collar and wig, his face in right profile.

    Truncation inscription: 'ADAM SMITH IN HIS 64TH YEAR 1787'
    Verso inscription: 'Tassie F. Wedgwood and England'

    Adam Smith (1723-1790) Scottish moral philosopher and political economist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1767.

    Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795) master potter was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1783. As well as a skilled potter, Wedgwood was a practical chemist, and conducted many experiments to produce bodies such as jasper and black basalt as cermaic compounds.

    'Tassie F.' refers to James Tassie (1735-1799) Scottish gem engraver and modeller. Tassie made many casting models for Wedgwood to use in creating his stoneware cameos. His name on the reverse here would suggest he is responsible for designing this portrait of Smith.
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