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Image number: RS.8358
Credit: © The Royal Society
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Portrait of Arthur Schuster




Arthur Schuster (1851-1934, British), Physicist


William Orpen (1878-1931, British), painter

Object type



height (framed canvas): 1130mm
width (framed canvas): 953mm


Content object

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Three-quarter length, seated left in wooden armchair, wearing a grey lounge suit and brown-grey waistcoat, possibly pinstriped or pleated. The waistcoat has blue buttons or studs, matching a blue necktie or cravat with gold pin. A gold watch chain is visible. Schuster’s left hand in his pocket, with the right hand holding a lit cigarette by a short holder.

Object history

The presentation of the painting to the Royal Society was first raised in 1949 via Sir Arthur Egerton FRS (1886-1959). The Society’s Officers indicated that the portrait would be accepted, if offered. (see MDA/G3/1). The donation was made later: Royal Society Council heard: “Reported the gift by Mr. Leonard Schuster of a portrait by Sir William Orpen of Sir Arthur Schuster, formerly Secretary (1912-19 and Foreign Secretary (1920-24) of the Society.” (see CMO/20 p.659)

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