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    Image number: RS.9407
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    Portrait of Isaac Newton

    Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727, British) , Natural philosopher
    George Perfect Harding (1781 - 1853, British) , Painter
    Charles Jervas (1670 - 1739, Irish) , Painter
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    height (painting): 248mm
    width (painting): 254mm
    Half-length painting of Newton, from an original oil portrait by Jervas at the Royal Society, showing the sitter in 1717 at the age of 74. Newton is shown in a red coat with a dark waistcoat and white neck-cloth. Not signed.

    Sir Isaac Newton was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1672, he served as its President from 1703 to 1727.
    Object history
    From "Collectanea Newtoniana", by Charles Turnor, 1837. Collected prints, original artwork and manuscripts relating to Sir Isaac Newton.

    Volume 1 contains portraits of Sir Isaac Newton, notably watercolour copies of several contemporary works. Also, paintings of houses and objects associated with Newton, with genealogical information and biography. Title page: "Collectanea Newtoniana. Being a selection of the most authentic engraved portraits of Sir Isaac Newton Knt., and other eminent Philosophers Mathematicians and Distinguished Men who were connected with, or whose pursuits bore an affinity to those of that illustrious person from the time of Copernicus to the Death of Newton accompanied with a Memoir of each. Collected arranged and compiled by Charles Turnor F.R.A.S. & F.S.A. Predendary of Lincoln. AD MDCCCXXXVII." Collection and supporting text is presented on leaves with decorative borders. Beneath the title page of volume 1 "Arms painted by Thos Dowse, 39 Upper Charlotte St. Fitzroy Square". There is a dedication page [p.4] addressed to the Royal Society and presenting the volumes.
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