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Image number: RS.13139
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Portrait of George Biddell Airy




Sir George Biddell Airy (1801-1892, British), Astronomer


Isaac Ware Slater (b.1784, British), Lithographer


Thomas Charles Wageman (1787-1863, British), Painter

Object type




height (print): 545mm
width (print): 382mm



Half-length study of George Biddell Airy, seated, with his hands folded on his lap. Airy is shown regarding the viewer, with his body angled to the left as viewed.

Inscribed below: ‘Drawn by – Wagemen on stone by Isaac W. Slater. To the King’s most Excellent Majesty this print of G.B. Airy, M.A., F.R.S. Professor of Astronomy in the University of Cambridge is by His Majesty’s Gracious permission humbly dedicated by his faithful servant & subject W. MASON. Published by W. Mason Cambridge & by W.H. Mason, Print Seller to the Queen Brighton. Printed by Graf & Soret.’ With a facsimile signature of G.B. Airy. Royal Society ink stamp below.

Sir George Biddell Airy (1801-1892) British astronomer, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1836 and served as President of the Royal Society 1871-1873.

Noted in Catalogue of the prints in the possession of the Royal Society, by Henry George Plimmer FRS (1856-1918), manuscript, p.1.

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