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Image number: RS.9351
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Portrait of Thomas Young

Date

ca. 1822

Sitter

Thomas Young (1773-1829, British), Physicist

Creator

Henry Perronet Briggs (1791-1844, British), Painter

After

Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830, British), Painter

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Dimensions

height (painting): 920mm
width (painting): 715mm

Subject

Content object

clothing
   > accessory
      > glasses

Description

A half-length seated portrait of a greying Thomas Young, wearing a black coat and high white stock. The sitter holds spectacles or a magnifying glass in his right hand and wears spectacles hanging from a black ribbon. The background is a red cloth or draped hanging.

Thomas Young was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1794.

Transcription

THOMAS YOUNG, M.D., F.R.S. by H.P.BRIGGS, R.A. after SIR THOMAS LAWRENCE, P.R.A
JABEZ BENSON...gilder, Looking Glass Pict...MANUFACTURER...Street....”

Object history

Presented by Hudson Gurney, 1842.

The presentation is noted in Council Minutes: “The following note from Mr Gurney was read: - Mr Gurney has the honour to request the Council of the Royal Society to accept for their room a copy, by H.P.Briggs, Esq., R.A., of the Portrait of the late Dr Thomas Young, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, in his possession. St. James’s Square, April 6th, 1842.” [Royal Society Minutes of Council, Printed, volume 1, 1832-1846, p. 379, meeting of 12 May 1842. Original letter preserved as Royal Society Miscellaneous Correspondence, MC/3/211].

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