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Image number: RS.10262
Credit: ©The Royal Society
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The Isaac Newton sundial

Date

1896

Creator

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Material

Dimensions

height (drawing): 252mm
width (drawing): 221mm

Subject

Content object

Description

Drawing of the stone sundial said to have been cut by Sir Isaac Newton, shown in its presentation box. The box lid is open, with a print of Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire (its original location) on the inner lid.

The work is inscribed in pencil: “Solar Dial made by Sir Isaac Newton, when a boy, at Woolsthorpe.” A longer inscription appears upper left: “The enclosed Solar Dial cut in stone, made by the hand of Sir Isaac Newton when a boy was AD MDCCCXLIIII taken out of the wall of the Manor House at Woolsthorpe Co. Lincoln in which he was born and presented the same year to the RS by the Rev. Charles Turnor FRS to whose family the house belongs.” With an instruction to the printer: “reduce to 3 ½” wide.” Inscribed in pencil verso: “Butterworth Savoy House 115 Strand WC.”

Drawn for an article by Herbert Rix (1850-1906), assistant secretary of the Royal Society. The illustration was made to be engraved by the Butterworth and Heath company (active 1856-1896) and published in the Leisure Hour for 1896.

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