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Professor Francis Hutcheson, 1694 - 1746. Metaphysician
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Professor Francis Hutcheson, 1694 - 1746. Metaphysician 1746

On Display PORTRAIT GALLERY

  • Scottish Art
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.

Glossary Open

Allegory

Where the ‘story’ of a work has a deeper underlying meaning – often used for the representation of grand, abstract ideas.

Commission

When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.

Allegory, Commission

Details

  • Acc. No. PG 699
  • Medium Bronze
  • Size Diameter: 10.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1910