Portrait of Mr. Jacob Tonson

Engraver John Faber, the Younger British
After Sir Godfrey Kneller German
Sitter Jacob Tonson, the Elder British

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The sitter holds a large leather bound book to point to his profession. Tonson is best known as a publisher of Shakespeare's plays, acquiring the copyright from the heirs of the publisher of the Fourth Folio. He also was a founding member and secretary of the Kit-Kat Club, building a room to accomodate their meetings in his house at Barn Elms, in Barnes, west of London along the Thames.

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