image MS_131_76
Image number: RS.16404
Credit: ©The Royal Society

A giant Swiss Hussar




Henry Hunt (d.1713, British), Artist

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height (paper): 311mm
width (paper): 186mm


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A copy signed by Henry Hunt of a self-portrait of a Hussar who was eight-and-a-half foot tall and in the service of the Elector Palatine. The drawing was shown by John Van de Bemde at a meeting of the Royal Society in April 1705.


At the top: Portrait du Hussare de S. A. E. Palatine, quia 8 ½ pieds de haut: il la fait luy même, copied per H. Hunt.
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Object history

25 April 1705: 'Mr Bempde shewed the Picture of an Hussar a Switzer by nation and now in the service of the Elector Palatine; he is 8 foot and an half high. The Picture was drawn by the Hussar himself, who is an Artist, and Mr Hunt was desired to take a copy of it' (JBO/11/70).

2 May 1705: 'Mr Hunt produced his copy of the Elector Palatines Hussar, and was desired to place it in the Repository among the other things of that nature' (JBO/11/71).

22 April 1705, 'Nothing remarkable this week[...] went to the meeting of the R. Society, where among other things there was a picture of one of the Electoral princes, Guards, a young fellow, who was 8 foote 1/2 in height, don by the person himselfe, in his livery-habite, with a huge broad-Sword by his side, studdied with gilt plate; sent to a Member of the Society out of Germany’ (The Diary of John Evelyn: Now First Printed in Full from the Manuscripts Belonging to Mr. John Evelyn, ed. by E. S. de Beer, 6 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1955), V, 591).

Related Fellows

John Van de Bemde (1650-1730), Merchant

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