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Image number: RS.9252
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Portrait of Isaac Newton

Date

1717

Sitter

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

Creator

Charles Jervas (1670-1739, Irish), painter

Object type

Archive reference number

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.

Transcription

Sir Isaac Newton 1717 C.J.
D.ISAACUS NEWTON EQUES REG. SOCIETATIS PRAESE. ANO. 1703.
SIR ISAAC NEWTON (1642-1727) PRESIDENT 1703-1727. By CHARLES JERVAS.

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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