image Aston P0003
Image number: RS.9265
Credit: © The Royal Society
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Portrait of Francis Aston


17th century


Francis Aston (1644-1715, British), Natural philosopher


Friedrich Kerseboom (1632-1693, German), Painter

Object type



height (painting): 740mm
width (painting): 650mm
height (framed canvas): 890
width (framed canvas): 775



Head and shoulders portrait, within a painted oval, body turned to the left, head half-turned to face the viewer. Aston is shown with wig with long brown hair, wearing a red coat with white neck-cloth.

Francis Aston was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1678. He served as Secretary of the Royal Society from 1681-1685.

Object history

Aston’s portrait was not included in the manuscript catalogue of the Society’s repository holdings, MS/416, which lists works up to that date. Later lists of portraits, for example the Society’s Record (1901) note the picture as being within the Society’s care, but neither donor nor date of acquisition are given. The painting was in the Society’s possession by 1768. [“A list of original pictures at the Royal Society House. Communicated by a Connoisseur’, Gentleman’s Magazine, vol. 38 (1768), pp. 62-3.]

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