image Newton-P0095
Image number: RS.9252
Credit: © The Royal Society

Portrait of Isaac Newton

Date

1717

Sitter

Isaac Newton (1642-1727, British), Natural philosopher

Creator

Charles Jervas (1670-1739, Irish), painter

Object type

Material

Dimensions

height (framed canvas): 1257mm
width (framed canvas): 1016mm

Subject

Description

Three-quarter length portrait of Sir Isaac Newton, seated, wearing a wig and dressed in a rust-brown coat over a black waistcoat, with a white neck-cloth and white shirt cuffs visible. Newton’s right index figure points to a table top upon which is a chronometer or watch with a black ribbon on which is a seal and key. An ink well is placed on the table.

Isaac Newton was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1672, he served as its President from 1703 to 1727.

Object history

The Royal Society’s Journal Book record Newton’s donation: “The President gave the Society his Picture drawn by Mr Jervase for which he had their thanks.” [Royal Society Journal Book, Original, JBO/12/169, meeting of 16 May 1717].

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