John Sinclair, Scottish agriculturalist, 1798.
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Coloured etching by James Gillray entitled 'Improvements in weights and measures' or 'Sir John Seeclear [sic] discovering ye Balance of ye British Flag'. Sir John Sinclair (1754-1835) was an agriculturalist and first President of the Board of Agriculture, 1793; he initiated sheep shearing, introduced improved methods of tillage and established new breeds of livestock in Scotland. His 'Statistical Account of Scotland', drawing on returns from every parish minister in Scotland, was published in 1799. After studying art at the Royal Academy in London, Gillray (1756-1815) became well known as an engraver, producing over 1500 satires of social subjects and caricatures of famous political figures. Published by Hannah Humphrey (St James Street, London). Dimensions: 380 mm x 280 mm.