Credit: ©The Royal Society
    Image number: RS.13600

    Sculpture bust of Isaac Newton

    Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727, British) , Natural philosopher
    Louis François Roubiliac (1695 - 1762, British) , Sculptor
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    height (sculpture): 559mm
    width (sculpture): 485mm
    depth (sculpture): mm
    height (pedestal): 125mm
    width (pedestal): 193mm
    depth (pedestal): 192mm
    Bust of Isaac Newton depicted with short natural hair, head turned in three-quarter profile to the left as viewed. In classical style with draped shoulders. On a marble socle with a diagram showing the elliptical orbit of the planets in a cartouche and inscribed ‘NEWTON’.

    Sir Isaac Newton was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1672, he served as its President from 1703 to 1727.
    Object history
    Provenance: Donated by William Freman, FRS, 1738.

    The donation is recorded in the Journal Book of the Royal Society, ‘The President informed the Society that he understood that Mr Freman had purchased a fine marble Bust of the late Sir Isaac Newton, with an intention of making a Present of it to the Society: and therefore, as it would be proper to consider beforehand of a suitable place in the Meeting Room, to set it up in, he proposed that Mr. Folkes with any other Gentleman he be pleased to join him, might be desired to consider it, and report their opinion to the Society.’ JBO/17 page 231-2, meeting 13 April 1738.

    The commission of a pedestal for the bust is recorded in the Minutes of Council and assumes that the bust was with the Royal Society at that time, ‘The Following Bills were laid before the Council ‘Mr. Roubillac’s Bill for a Pedestal to Sr Isaac Newton’s Bust - - 2.7.0' CMO/3/79, 19 June 1738 page 194.
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