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    Portrait of William Crookes

    Date
    1911
    Sitter
    William Crookes (1832 - 1919, British) , Knight Chemist, Chemist
    Creator
    Edward Arthur Walton (1860 - 1922, British) , Painter
    Object type
    Archive reference number
    Material
    Dimensions
    height (framed canvas): 1210mm
    width (framed canvas): 960mm
    Subject
    Content object
    Description
    Williams Crookes is posed seated in a high-backed chair, half-length, holding what may be an early form of cathode ray tube in his left hand. The subject is shown half-face. Behind, in a freely painted backdrop to the main subject, are a diamond-vane radiometer upper right and a bookcase in the lower left of the painting. Crookes bearded and dressed formally, dark suit and wing collar, with a watch chain visible at the waistcoat.

    Sir William was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1863, he served as its President from 1913-1915.
    Transcription
    SIR WILLIAM CROOKES, O.M., F.R.S BY E.A.WATSON
    SIR JAMES BURROW PRESIDENT 1768 AND 1772 (FOR SHORT PERIODS) BY JEAN BAPTISTE VANLOO
    meeting room grd.
    R. Society July 4 88 Frame 1
    Sir J. Burrow
    vaulted corridor gnd.
    ...ced picture liners A...n Dott & Son May 1842 26 So Castle St. Edinburgh

    Own make
    Royal Society - Burlington House Walton Memorial Exhibition Crookes (?) 4th December 1928

    No. 567/3
    Object history
    Under ‘Benefactions received…1911’, the Society’s Yearbook briefly noted “Portrait of Sir W. Crookes, O.M., For.Sec.R.S. From a Committee of Subscribers.” [Yearbook of the Royal Society of London. 1912. (Royal Society, London, 1912) p.190. ]
    Associated place
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       > Europe
          > United Kingdom
    Credit
    © The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.9243
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