By WESTERMAYER, C[onrad]; [after] KALTENHOFER, [Joel Paul], 1808
Tobias Mayer. Gebohren zu Marbach im Wirtembergl. d. 17 Febr. 1723. Gestorben zu Gottinen d. 20. Febr. 1762.
- Author: WESTERMAYER, C[onrad]; [after] KALTENHOFER, [Joel Paul]
- Publication place: [Weimar
- Publisher: Friedrich Justin Bertuch
- Publication date: 1799].
- Physical description: Stipple-engraved portrait.
- Dimensions: 175 by 100mm. (7 by 4 inches).
- Inventory reference: 17749
An early volume of ‘Allgemeine Geographische Ephemeriden’ published in 1799 contained a portrait of the astronomer, engraved by Westermayer after Joel Paul Kaltenhofer, Mayer’s personal friend and the only artist who had made a portrait of him during his lifetime, which he executed in pastels. The engraving shows the bust of Mayer, wearing coat, lace cravat and a curled and powdered wig. A caption in German below identifies the sitter, his position, and his place and dates of birth and death.