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A Sphere, Projecting Against a Plane

Artist:
James Gillray (British, Chelsea 1756–1815 London)
Publisher:
Hannah Humphrey (London)
Date:
January 3, 1792
Medium:
Hand-colored etching
Dimensions:
sheet: 10 13/16 x 8 11/16 in. (27.5 x 22 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Gift of Philip van Ingen, 1942
Accession Number:
42.121(13)
Not on view
Signature: not signed

Inscription: in plate: "Pub-d Jan-y 3rd 1792 by H Humphrey N. 18 Old Bond Street"; "Definitions from Euclid: Def. Ist B: 4th. A Sphere, is a Figure bounded by a Convex surface; it is the most perfect of all forms; its Properties are generated from its Center; and it possesses a larger Area than any other figure.–Def: 2nd B: Ist A Plane, is a perfectly even & regular Surface, it is the most Simple of all Figures; it has neither the Properties of Length or of Breadth; and when applied ever so closely to a Sphere, can only touch its Superficies, without being able to enter it–Vide. Euclid, illustrated; by the Hon-ble M-rs Circumference."
Powersby, "First Life Guards, 1861" (British); Mary Boydell; Donor: Dr. Philip van Ingen (American, 1875–1953)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine," September 13, 2011–March 4, 2012.

Wright & Evans 72; British Museum Satires VI.8054; Grego, p. 133; reprint G.W.G. (1830) I.17; Godfrey, Gillray 104.
Nadine Orenstein, Constance C. McPhee Infinite Jest: Caricature and Satire from Leonardo to Levine Exh. cat.: September 13, 2011 - March 4, 2012. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Haven and London, 2011, cat. no. 26, p. 46, ill.



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