JONES, John after T. HARDY
William Osborn, M.D
London: Published by J. Jones, No 75 Great Portland Street, April 2, 1791. Mezzotint. State ii/ii, with the inscription space grounded, and the inscription in fine italics. In excellent condition with the exception of some light rubbed spots in image. Image size: 17 1/8 x 14 inches. Sheet size: 23 7/8 x 17 inches. Plate mark: 20 1/8 x 14 inches.
A lovely impression with a dark mezzotint bloom of this striking portrait of William Osborne, a famous man-midwife.
William Osborne was a renowned man-midwife, whose inventions and voluminous writings greatly expanded the medical field. He became licentiate in midwifery of the College of Physicians in 1783, at which he was a respected lecturer and an admired researcher. He invented an improved obstetric forceps and published numerous essays on the practices of midwifery.
Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits 58, i/i; Russell, English Mezzotint Portraits, and their States ii or iii/iii; O'Donoghue, Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits... in the British Museum 1, ii/ii; Lennox-Boyd & Stogdon, state ii/ii.