John Smith After Alexander Gordon, Engraving of Egyptian Ushabti Figures from the Collection of Sir Richard Ellys, Plate no XXI, circa 1737.
Alexander Gordon ((1692 – 1755) was an antiquary and secretary of the Egyptian Society. He published two very learned treatises to solve the mysteries of hieroglyphics and to illustrate "all the Egyptian mummies in England". One of these treatises being 'An Essay towards explaining the antient Hieroglyphical Figures on the Egyptian Mummy in the Museum of Doctor Mead'.
Sir Richard Ellys (1688?–1742) was an English politician, antiquarian, bibliophile, and theological writer.
John Smith (1652 – 1742) was an English mezzotint engraver.
Plate size: 38cm x 24cm, within a modern mount and gilt frame (framed size 69cm x 51cm)
The plate is complete and not cut down, good, clean impression, some general spotting to the laid paper.