An Hermit (A Philosopher by Lamp Light)

William Pether, English, 1731 - 1821
after Joseph Wright of Derby, English, 1734 - 1797



Mezzotint on paper

Plate: 22 13/16 × 18 in. (57.9 × 45.7 cm)

Image: 22 1/8 × 17 15/16 in. (56.2 × 45.5 cm)

Sheet: 22 13/16 × 18 3/16 in. (58 × 46.2 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Class of 1935 Memorial Fund



Place Made: England, United Kingdom, Europe



Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Inscribed, in plate, bottom margin, left: IOSH. WRIGHT PINXT.; inscribed, in plate, bottom margin, right: W. PETHER FECIT.; inscribed, bottom margin, center: Published May 14th [th is superscript] 1770 & sold by Wm [m is superscript] Pether in Gt. [t is superscript] Russel St. Bloomsby [y is superscript]. Inscribed, on reverse, lower right: in purple ink: 2234. Stamped, on reverse, lower left, in black ink [collector's mark L.1606]KUPFERSTICH.SAMMLUNG DER KONIGL:MUSEEN; collector's mark is overstamped in gray ink. [text in rectangle] [illeg.]

Course History

WRIT 5, Poor Taste, William Boyer, Winter 2014

ENGL 22, The Rise of the Novel, Alysia Garrison, Spring 2015

ARTH 41.03, European Art 1750 - 1850, Allan Doyle, Summer 2019

HUM 1, Dialogue with the Classics, Andrea Tarnowski, Spring 2019

HUM 1.02/HUM 1.03/HUM 1.04, Dialogues with the Classics, Carolyn Dever, Paul Carranza, Antonia Gomez, Fall 2019

HUM 1.05/HUM 1.06/HUM 1.07, Dialogues with the Classics, Klaus Mladek, Michelle Clarke, Andrea Tarnowski, Fall 2019

ENGL 23.01, Romantic Literature: Aesthetics and Ideology from the French Revolution to ,, Winter 2021

ENGL 2.01, Literary History II, Michael Chaney, Winter 2021

SART 27.01, Printmaking I, Tricia Treacy, Fall 2022


The Old Print Shop, New York, New York; sold to present collection, 2013.

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