Portrait of Henry Oldenburg

    Date
    1838
    Sitter
    Henry Oldenburg (1612 - 1677, German) , Science writer
    Creator
    John Bradley (American) , Painter
    After
    Jan van Cleve (1646 - 1716, Flemish) , Painter
    Object type
    Archive reference number
    Material
    Dimensions
    height (print): 245mm
    width (print): 165mm
    Subject
    Description
    Half-length portrait of Henry Oldenburg, turned slightly to the right [as viewed], looking directly out at the viewer. His body is sketchily drawn, his face is filled in with watercolour. Copy of the Royal Society’s portrait of Oldeburg by John van Cleve.

    Inscribed below: ‘Henry Oldenburg
    First Secretary of the Royal Society…
    Copied from the Original Portrait belonging to the Royal Society in Somerset House
    by John Bradley […]’

    Painting from MS/648/3, Collectanea Newtoniana. A collection of prints and original artworks relating to Sir Isaac Newton, compiled and arranged by Charles Turnor, 1837.

    Henry Oldenburg (c.1617-1677), German scientific correspondent and secretary of the Royal Society, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1663.
    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
    <The World>
       > Europe
          > Germany
    <The World>
       > Europe
          > United Kingdom
    Credit
    ©The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.19505
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