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Portrait of Charles Wheatstone




Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875, British), Inventor


Charles Martin (1820-1906, British), Painter

Object type



height (painting): 914mm
width (painting): 609mm


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Half length seated portrait of Charles Wheatstone, the sitter’s body turned to the viewer’s left. Wheatstone wears a black or dark brown suit with a white shirt and black tie. He is shown wearing spectacles and holding a sheaf of papers in his left hand.

Charles Wheatstone was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1836.

Object history

Bequeathed by Charles Wheatstone, 1875.

The gift is noted in Council Minutes and the portrait had been received by December 1875: “The Treasurer reported that he had received from the Executors of the late Sir Charles Wheatstone, in accordance with the terms of his Will, a Portrait in oil of the Hon.Robert Boyle, by Kneller; a Portrait in oil of Sir C.Wheatstone, by C.Martin; and nineteen framed lithographic and photographic portraits of scientific men.” [Royal Society Minutes of Council, Printed, CMP/4, 1870-1877, p.295 meeting of 16 December 1875]. The Society retains the original correspondence surrounding the bequest. [Royal Society, Miscellaneous Correspondence MC/10/303, 314, 318, 391].

The Society’s portrait of Robert Boyle, by John Riley, formed part of the same acquisition.

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