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Creator:
Print made by James Basire, 1730–1802, British
after George Gower, ca. 1540–1596, British
Published by John Nichols, 1745–1826, British
Title:
George Gower
Date:
1800
Medium:
Etching and line engraving on medium, slightly textured, cream wove paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 14 1/2 x 10 11/16 inches (36.8 x 27.2 cm), Plate: 12 3/8 x 9 3/4 inches (31.5 x 24.8 cm), and Image: 9 x 7 11/16 inches (22.8 x 19.6 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed in graphite, lower center: "George Gower"; lower right: "Gower"; on back, lower right: "5/ | proof | * | 25th | IR74/2027"

Lettered within image, upper left: "Thogh yovthfull wayes me did intyse from armies and uerlewke | yet thanckt be God for his god gift, wch. long did rest as slepe | Now skill reuyues wth gayne, and lyfe to leade in rest | by pencils trade. wherefore I must, esteme of it as best | The proef wher of thies ballance show and armes my birth displ ^[vcy] a | what Parents bare by just renowme, my skill mayntenes the prayes | And them whose vertew, fame and acts, haue won for me this shield | Irenerence muche wh. feruyee eke and thanks to them do yield."; within image, lower right, on palette: "Ano dni 1579"; lower right: "Js: Basire del. et Sc."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1977.14.12317
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
coat of arms | costume | dividers | man | paint | paintbrush | palette | portrait | ruff | scale (weighing device) | self-portrait
Associated People:
Gower, George (d. 1596), portrait and decorative painter
Access:
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Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:51879
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