Portrait of Thomas Day, author & political campaigner

Active selection in cart:
Portrait of Thomas Day, author & political campaigner. Stipple engraving of Thomas Day (1748–1789), author and political campaigner. (His most famous work, destined to be a best-seller for eighty years, was the children's book, Sandford and Merton. Published in three volumes (1783, 1786, and 1789). This is an edifying narrative showing the superiority of virtue to status, and the obligations of humans to their suffering fellows and to animals. Day joined the Lunar circle of scientists, chemists, and inventors, presided over by Erasmus Darwin. In 1769 he adopted two girls from foundling hospitals and bore them off to France to see which of them he could educate (in accordance with Rousseau's ideas) into becoming a suitable wife for himself. One (Sabrina) seemed promising but after conducting some rather extraordinary experiments, which included dropping hot sealing wax on her arm, he concluded that she was insufficiently phlegmatic.). Portraiture. Costume. Writers. Contributors: John Condé. Work ID: q2ndys4d.

Free public domain image

To download this free image, please register (this takes just 30 seconds) or log in.

Video guide

This is one of 816,227 free hi-res public domain images, selected from major public collections to complement the Look and Learn archive, and to save you time and money. Typically, it may be used for any purpose, but users should check the precise terms and satisfy themselves that the intended use will not infringe the rights of any third party.

Buy products

You can buy personalised gifts, including t-shirts, tote bags and mousemats, featuring this image from our print partner, Zazzle:

Choose products

Can we help?

Look and Learn is one of the world’s leading sources of historical and cultural images for personal and commercial use. Feel free to contact us with any questions or requests.

Links