image halley_rs9284
Image number: RS.9284
Credit: © The Royal Society

Portrait of Edmond Halley

Date

ca. 1690

Sitter

Edmond Halley (1656-1742, British), Astronomer

Creator

Thomas Murray (1663-1735, British), Painter

Object type

Material

Dimensions

height (painting): 765mm
width (painting): 639mm

Subject

Description

Edmond Halley as a relatively young man, apparently in his thirties. The sitter is shown at half-length with long, dark naturally styled hair and has blue eyes. He is dressed in a loose brown robe with wide sleeves over a white shirt worn open at the neck. In his left hand he holds a sheet of paper upon which is drawn a diagram of an elliptical orbit.

Edmond Halley was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1678.

Object history

Both of the Society’s pictures of Edmond Halley were in the Society’s collection by 1768, as noted by a contemporary visitor: [ “A list of original pictures at the Royal Society House. Communicated by a Connoisseur’, Gentleman’s Magazine, vol. 38 (1768), pp. 62-3.]

Associated place

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