John Harrison Esqr, Inventor of the Time Keeper

Print made by Burnet Reading1788

British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

Portrait; bust, in profile to the left; wearing short wig curled over side of head; in oval frame; illustration to the 'European Magazine'. 1788
Mounted above this portrait is a short extract of text, presumably from his obituary. It reads, "Sunday died in the 84th year of his age, at his house in Red Lion Square, Holborn, that ingenious mechanick, Mr John Harrison, inventor and maker of the time keeper, for asserting the Longitude at sea: A man who by the force of great natural abilities, unafflicted by art, and with unwearied application through a long period of life, rendered himself an ornament to mechanicks, and an honour to his country".


  • Title: John Harrison Esqr, Inventor of the Time Keeper
  • Creator: Print made by Burnet Reading
  • Date Created: 1788
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 178 millimetres x Width: 113 millimetres
  • Production place: London, England.
  • Copyright: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • British Museum link: Heal,Portraits.74

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