image Crookes P0028
Image number: RS.9243
Credit: © The Royal Society
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Portrait of Sir William Crookes




William Crookes (1832-1919, British), Chemist


Edward Arthur Walton (1860-1922, British), Painter

Object type



height (framed canvas): 1210mm
width (framed canvas): 960mm


Content object


Crookes is posed seated in 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.

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. ]

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