Portrait of John Theophilus Desaguliers

    Date
    1725
    Sitter
    John Theophilus Desaguliers (1683 - 2002, French) , Natural Philosopher, Natural philosopher
    Creator
    Peter Pelham (1687, American) , Engraver
    After
    Hans Hysing (1678 - 1753, Swedish) , Painter
    Object type
    Archive reference number
    Material
    Technique
    Dimensions
    height (print): 245mm
    width (print): 160mm
    Subject
    Description
    Half-length portrait of John Theophilus Desaguliers holding a magnifying glass in his right hand, looking directly out at the viewer. He wears full clerical dress and a white wig.

    Inscribed below: ‘J. T. Desaguliers Legum Doctor, Regiae Societatis Londinensis Socius […]’

    Engraving from MS/648/2, Collectanea Newtoniana. A collection of prints and original artworks relating to Sir Isaac Newton, compiled and arranged by Charles Turnor, 1837.

    John Theophilus Desaguliers (1683-1744), British natural philosopher and engineer, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1714. He won the Copley medal in 1734, 1736 and 1741 for his summary of knowledge on the phenomenon of electricity.
    Object history
    Charles Turnor presented his Collectanea Newtoniana. Being a selection of the most authentic engraved portraits of Sir Isaac Newton Knt., and other eminent Philosophers Mathematicians and Distinguished Men … to the Royal Society in 1837.
    Related fellows
    Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727, British) , Natural philosopher
    Charles Turnor (1768 - 1853) , Collector
    Associated place
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    Credit
    ©The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.18949
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