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Image number: RS.17135
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Engraving of Charles II and the Royal Society, frontispiece of Sprat




Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677, Bohemian), Draughtsman


John Evelyn (1620-1706, British), Diarist

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Manuscript page number

v3 p167




height (page): 654mm
width (page): 485mm


Content object


This engraved print is the frontispiece to Thomas Sprat's History of the Royal Society (1667). The frontispiece was designed by John Evelyn and etched by Wenceslaus Hollar. This image depicts many of the important figures and objects of the early Royal Society. In the foreground, a bust of Charles II is crowned by Fame, with Francis Bacon and Viscount Brouncker, the first president of the Royal Society, sitting to either side. In the background are numerous instruments and pieces of equipment used by the Fellows, and the Society's coat of arms hangs above the scene.

From a set of albums known as Collectanea Newtoniana, a selection of prints, original artwork and manuscripts relating to Newton, collected by Charles Turnor (1768-1853). Turnor was an astronomer, collector and Fellow of the Royal Society. He owned Woolsthorpe Manor (Newton’s birthplace).

Related Fellows

Isaac Newton (1642-1727, British), Natural philosopher
Charles II (1630-1685, British)
Thomas Sprat (1635-1713, British), Clergyman

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