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    Portrait of William Spottiswoode

    ca. 1880
    William Spottiswoode (1825 - 1883, British) , Mathematician
    George Frederick Watts (1817 - 1904, British) , Painter
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    height (painting): 660mm
    width (painting): 540mm
    This dark, powerful portrait places Spottiswoode gazing directly towards the viewer. Half-length, the sitter’s dark clothing – black jacket and brown waistcoat - is obscured to concentrate attention on the face. Spottiswoode has a high, prominent nose, receding hair and a full, greying, brown beard.

    William Spottiswoode was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1853, he served as its President from 1878 to 1883.
    WILLIAM SPOTTISWOODE, (1825-83) Treasurer 1870-78, President 1878-83 by G.F.Watts Presented by R.ANDREW SPOTTISWOODE, 1962
    73 Portrait of William Spottiswoode, FRS lent by Hugh Spottiswoode Esq. London
    Watts Exhibition, Manchester, 1905 172
    Object history
    Presented R. Andrew Spottiswoode, 1962

    The work is noted in Council Minutes: “Reported the offer by Mr.R.A.Spottiswoode of a portrait by G.F.Watts of William Spottiswoode...Resolved – That the action of the Officers be confirmed, that the offer...be accepted and that thanks of the Society be returned to the donors.” [Royal Society Council Minutes, Printed, vol. 21 1961-64, p.49, meeting of 1 March 1962, minute 21].
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