I recently bought an English translation of the Critique of Pure Reason, which has this picture on the front page.
The interesting thing about this engraving is that Kant is surrounded by the mythical snake Ouroboros. I have yet to find out exactly what is meant with this etching, as the combination of Immanuel Kant and mysticism is a bit puzzling.
According to the book, it is an engraving by J. Chapman. There is an American artists named John Gadsby Chapman (1808–1889) who was a Freemason, judging by his painting The Masters Carpet in the George Washington Masonic National Memorial.
I would love to know more about this portrait of Kant and what the idea is between the combination of him and the mystical snake. Any suggestions?