George Vertue

George Vertue, 1723
Thomas Gibson (c. 1680-1751)
Oil on Canvas
73.5 x 50.8 (cm)
Society of Antiquaries of London
 George Vertue (1684-1756) is shown in informal clothes working on a copper plate. A draughtsman noted for his exactness, Vertue was the Society's official engraver for nearly forty years. He was also celebrated as an art historian, and his notebooks on the history of British art have remained a major source of information for scholars. His widow presented the portrait to the Society in 1773.