Portrait of Adam Smith

    Date
    1787
    Sitter
    Adam Smith (1723 - 1790, British) , Philosopher
    Creator
    Josiah Wedgwood (1730, British) , Potter
    James Tassie (1735 - 1799, British)
    Object type
    Archive reference number
    Material
    Technique
    Dimensions
    height (mount): 95mm
    width (mount): 80mm
    Subject
    Content object
    Description
    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.
    Associated place
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          > United Kingdom
             > London
    Credit
    ┬ęThe Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.14165
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