I periodically check to see what the internet has to say about geometry. Under the query 'people with compasses' was a drawing of a person made with a compass. That's all.
I realized I could easily add to the dialog.
My presentations about Practical Geometry begin with portraits of men involved in construction; all of whom are holding a compass as the symbol of their profession. Their contemporaries knew they were builders, master carpenters.
Sometimes they were called 'architects', a title synonymous with 'master builder'. Check out the OED..
Those pictures also belong in this blog.
Here are the portraits I have found:
Sabastiano Serlio, 1475-1554, with his compass
a posthumous portrait c. 1575 by Bastolomeo Passerotti now in the Martin von Wagner Museum, University of Wurtzburg.
A post about him is here https://www.jgrarchitect.com/2017/04/serlio-writes-about-practical-geometry.html
Andrea Palladio, 1508-1580, an engraving probably copied from a painting, c. 1575, by his friend, Giovanni Battista Maganza.
My first post on Palladio is here:
James Gibbs, 1682-1754, English architect who was responsible for the church, St. Martin's in the Field, 1722, in Trafalgar Square, London, and many other buildings. Engravings of these buildings were collected in A Book of Architecture, 1728.
The book came to the Colonies and influenced many master builders, including Christ Church, Philadelphia; St. Mark's, NYC; and the Old First Church in Bennington, VT.
Andrea Soldi, Portrait of James Gibbs, ca. 1750 (Edinbrugh: National Galleries of Scotland, Scottish National Portrait Gallery).
This is James Watt, 1736-1819, Scottish engineer. This sculpture was made soon after his death. He holds his compass.
I wrote about him here:
Credits for the sculpture are given there.
William Buckland, 1734–1774. His compass is on the table below his hand.
I wrote how he transformed Gunston Hall here:
John Haviland, 1792-1852, was a architect in Philadelphia. I have written about Watt and Haviland here: https://www.jgrarchitect.com/2019/09/john-haviland-his-pattern-book.html
Credits for the painting are given there.
Edward Shaw wrote The Modern Architect, in 1854, published by Dayton and Wentworth, Boston. The frontispiece of the original edition was black and white. This colorized version appears on the cover of the Dover Publications reprint published in 1996.
Here the architect used his compass as he confers with the builder. On the ground is a larger compass with a armature.
For more on Shaw:
le Pere Soubise, legendary founder of the Company of traveling Carpenters in France. a lithograph , 1882
Here is the credit in French:
Lithographie en couleurs représentant le Père Soubise, fondateur des Compagnons passants Charpentiers du Devoir, des Couvreurs et des Plâtriers, tenant un plan d'architecte et un compas.
une lithographie représentant le portrait de Salomon conservé au musée des Beaux-Arts de La Rochelle (MAH.1943.6.1)
I wrote about him here: https://www.jgrarchitect.com/2018/02/how-practical-geometry-is-practical.html
Here is God with a long compass, an illustration in a 13th century manuscript. However, here God is measuring the world He has just created, not planning some remarkable construction.
Compasses have been found in Pompeii along with pens and ink wells, tools for layout and design. I don't have an image of them yet.