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    Image number: RS.9262
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    Portrait of John Tyndall

    John Tyndall (1820 - 1893, British) , Physicist
    Victor Zippenfeld (German) , Painter
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    height (painting): 600mm
    width (painting): 465mm
    Tyndall in late middle-age (57 years), by Victor Zippenfeld (fl.1834-1871), shown in half-profile facing right, his face therefore half-shadowed. Dressed formally in black, his white shirt displaying a single gold stud. Tyndall has full and greying neck whiskers. Most likely an image commemorating his marriage and painted on the continent shortly afterwards. Certainly intended as a pair to the picture of Louisa Tyndall.

    John Tyndall was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1864.
    John Tyndall, F.R.S.
    Object history
    One of a pair of portraits [the other, Louisa Tyndall, nee Hamilton]. John and Louisa Tyndall were married in 1876 and built a cottage at Bel Alp, Valais in 1877, the apparent date of these images. This suggests that the paintings commemorate the Tyndall’s early married life.

    Royal Society Minutes of Council, Printed, volume 25 1973-1976 minute 40 p.207 meeting 7 October 1976. “Reported the gift by Mr J. Proby of three portraits of John Tyndall, F.R.S., a portrait of Mrs Tyndall and a collection of Tyndall’s scientific books."
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