Credit: ©The Royal Society
    Image number: RS.19070

    Portrait of Walter Charleton

    Walter Charleton (1620 - 2004, British) , Physician
    Pierre Lombard (1612 - 1681, French) , Engraver
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    height (print): 230mm
    width (print): 135mm
    Half-length portrait of Walter Charleton, wearing a buttoned jacket, posed with arms crossed. Turned to the right as viewed. Shown within an oval of laurels, with a wider surround of laurels framing the whole print.

    Plate from a grangerized copy of A history of the Royal Society, with memoirs of the Presidents…by Charles Richard Weld (London, John W. Parker, 1848). In this edition, the original two volumes were extended to eight volumes with the addition of extra-illustrations and documents, by Alexander Meyrick Broadley.

    The print appears at p.190 in volume 2 of the adapted set of Weld’s History. Weld’s text relates how, after the Great Plague, Walter Charleton requested observations on the disease from the Master of the Pest-House.

    Inscription below, commencing: ‘In Effigiem & Librum Drs. Charleton…’. Inscribed lower left: ‘P [L]ombart sculpsit A Londre’.

    Walter Charleton (1620-1707) British physician and natural philosopher was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1663.
    Object history
    Print from Charles Richard Weld's 2 volume A history of the Royal Society... (London, John W. Parker, 1848) grangerized by the writer and collector Alexander Meyrick Broadley (1847–1916) into 8 volumes, adding illustrative material and manuscript items to Weld's text. The books were initially owned by Ludwig Mond FRS (1839–1909), and according to an inscription by his son Robert Ludwig Mond FRS (1867–1938) they were intended for presentation to the Society. This eventually happened in late 1959, the donor being the politician Harry Nathan (1889–1963), Lord Nathan of Churt.
    Related fellows
    Charles Richard Weld (1813 - 1869, British) , Author
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