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    Lock of hair

    Date
    19th century
    Object type
    Archive reference number
    Material
    Dimensions
    length: 120mm
    depth: 80mm
    height: 50mm
    Content object
    Description
    A lock of Isaac Newton's hair, on a black silken cushion in a mahogany presentation box.

    Plaque on lid of presentation box engraved: 'Lock of Sir Isaac Newton's hair presented by Henry Garling esq. Oct 26 1847'.

    Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) British natural philosopher and mathematician, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1672 and served as President from 1703 to 1727.
    Object history
    Presented by Henry Garling in 1847.

    In a letter to the Royal Society, 1847, Garling writes: 'I am in possession of a very small lock of silver-white hair, which is wrapp'd in a paper marked 'Sir I. Newton' [...] the family of Sir Isaac Newton were connected by marriage with the family of Barton, and these latter with the Burrs, who are my relation on the maternal side, and through one of whom the article came into my possession.' (A History of the Royal Society, with Memoris of the Presidents, vol 1, Charles Richard Weld).
    Associated place
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    Credit
    © The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.4850
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