Copper ores by Underwood

Thomas Richard Underwood (c.1772-1835)
[Copper Ores], c.1801.
Watercolour on paper, 203 x 249 mm.

Philip Rashleigh (1729-1811) was an antiquary and mineralogist who lived at Menabilly, near Fowey, in Cornwall. He amassed one of the most outstanding early collections of minerals in the world.

He engaged a number of artists including Thomas Richard Underwood (c.1772-1835) and Henry Bone (1755-1834) to illustrate his important book on British minerals, which was illustrated with outstanding aquatint plates. The work is now regarded as one of the most attractive books in the history of mineralogy.

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