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    Image number: RS.9346
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    Portrait of John Flamsteed

    Date
    1712
    Sitter
    John Flamsteed (1646 - 1719, British) , Astronomer
    Creator
    Thomas Gibson (1675 - 1751, British) , Painter
    Object type
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    Material
    Dimensions
    height (painting): 1245mm
    width (painting): 1016mm
    Subject
    Content object
    Description
    Three-quarter length painting of Flamsteed, seated on a high-backed green upholstered chair, with a covered table on his left. He wears a black robe with white, squared collar. The sitter holds his right hand to his chest; the left rests on a brown leather-bound volume of his own stellar observations [eventually published posthumously as Atlas Coelestis, 1729] on the tabletop. An architectural pillar is visible behind.

    John Flamsteed was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1677.
    Transcription
    T: Gibson fecit 1712
    ATLAS [?] COELESTIS AB ANNO 1671 AD. 1712.
    National Portait Gallery Exhibition 1866 No. on owner’s list ‘4’ Portrait of ‘John Flamsteed’ Lent by ‘The Royal Society’
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    Object history
    Presented by John Belchier, 1772.

    Recorded in the Society’s Journal Book as presented: “A half length portrait of Professor Flamsteed given by Mr, Belchier fellow of this Society.“ [Royal Society Journal Book Original JBO/27 pp.622-623 minute of meeting of 7 May 1772]. This information repeated in the Society’s list of presents for the period. [Royal Society manuscript “A list of objects presented to the Royal Society Museum, 1744-1779” Manuscripts (General) MS/419].
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