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.

Antonio Selvi

Isaac Gosset

Antonio Selvi

Isaac Gosset