Professor Francis Hutcheson, 1694 - 1746. Metaphysician (1746)
About this artwork
This medal of the great philosopher Francis Hutcheson was commissioned by one of his Scottish pupils to commemorate his professor's death. On the reverse of the medal, an allegorical figure, the genius of philosophy, mourns the loss of this influential thinker and teacher. In the eighteenth century the medallic portrait - durable and portable - and was considered to be a very appropriate way of recording the faces of important figures.
- title: Professor Francis Hutcheson, 1694 - 1746. Metaphysician
- accession number: PG 699
- artist: Antonio SelviItalian (died 1755)
- after: Isaac GossetEnglish (1713 - 1799)
- depicted: Professor Francis Hutcheson
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(On Display)
- object type: Sculpture
- materials: Bronze
- date created: 1746
- measurements: Diameter: 10.50 cm
- credit line: Purchased 1910
Little is known of the background of Antonio Francesco Selvi before his arrival in Florence in 1698. A pupil of Massimiliano Soldani, a bronze-worker, sculptor, medallist and goldsmith, Selvi was primarily a maker of bronze medals. He made personal portrait medals and also produced a large series of medals commemorating the Medici family.
Isaac Gosset was one of the most respected wax modellers of the eighteenth century. Based in London, Gosset produced likenesses of some of the most famous people of his time. His sitters included members of royalty and aristocracy. Gosset's finest works are considered to be a series of exquisitely modelled wax portraits of the Royal Family, held in the library at Windsor Castle.