Portrait of Thomas Willis

    Date
    1742
    Sitter
    Thomas Willis (1621 - 1675, British) , Physician
    Creator
    George Vertue (1684 - 1756, British) , Engraver
    Creator - Organisation
    J&P Knapton, Printer
    After
    David Loggan (1634 - 1692, British) , Painter
    Object type
    Archive reference number
    Material
    Technique
    Dimensions
    height (print): 179mm
    width (print): 128mm
    Subject
    Description
    Half-length portrait of Thomas Willis, turned slightly to the right [as viewed], in a decorative, oval frame. With long hair, deep collar with tassels, black gown with fringe on sleeves. Below, vials of liquid, a skull, an inkwell, quill and books are visible.

    Inscribed below: ‘G. Vertue Sculp 1742 in the possession of Bronne Willis Esq.r Imprensis J & P Knapton Londini 1742’

    Engraving 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.

    Thomas Willis (1621–1675), British physician and natural philosopher, 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
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    Credit
    ©The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.19507
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