image mudge, j_im 007188
Image number: RS.17677
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Portrait of John Mudge




John Mudge (1721-1793, British), Physician


William Dickinson (b.1747, British), Engraver


Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792, British), Painter

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height (print): 411mm
width (print): 295mm


Content object


Half-length portrait of John Mudge, his head in three-quarter profile, looking down to the right. He is dressed in a gown and cap, and appears to be turning the pages of a book. The spines of two other volumes are visible behind and to his right, and a curtain is visible on his left [as viewed].

The print is inscribed: 'Painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds John Mudge M.D. F.R.S. Engraved by W. Dickinson'

John Mudge (bap. 1721 - 1793) British surgeon and physician was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1777. He won the Society's Copley Medal that same year for his paper on reflecting telescopes ['Directions for making the best Composition for the Metals for reflecting Telescopes; together with a Description of the Process for Grinding, Polishing, and giving the great Speculum the true Parabolic Curve', Philosophical Transactions Vol. 6].

William Dickinson (1746-1823) was a British engraver and print seller.

Object history

Purchased by the Royal Society, 2019.

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