image Clavius C, IM006262
Image number: RS.17175
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Portrait of Christopher Clavius

Date

17th century

Sitter

Christopher Clavius (1538-1612, German), Astronomer

Creator

Esme de Boulonois (1645-1681, French), Printmaker

After

Francesco Villamena (1560-1624, Italian), Artist

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number

v6 p75

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (plate): 193mm
width (plate): 147mm

Subject

Description

Portrait of Christopher Clavius engraved by Esme de Boulonois, probably after a print by Francesco Villamena.

Christopher Clavius (1538-1612) was a German Jesuit mathematician. In the portrait he is aged 69, seated at a table with a globe, holding a pair of compasses in his right hand. There are books in front of him and two astrolabes on the wall behind him.

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

Associated place