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MINIATURE PORTRAIT FAMOUS ENGLISH WRITER EDWARD GIBBON 1737-1794

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Here we have what appears to be a period Miniature portrait of the famous English writer, Edward Gibbon 1737 - 1794 

Watercolour in black ebonised frame. C1790 

4 x 3 cm (image) 

 

Edward Gibbon FRS 1737 – 1794 was an English historian, writer, and member of parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788, is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its polemical criticism of organised religion.