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Image number: RS.9639
Credit: © Estate of Ruskin Spear, All Rights Reserved, 2013/ Bridgeman Art Library

Portrait of Geoffrey Ingram Taylor

Date

1965

Sitter

Geoffrey Ingram Taylor (1886-1975, British), Physicist

Creator

Ruskin Spear (1911-1990, British), Painter

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Dimensions

height (painting): 1014mm
width (painting): 763mm

Subject

Description

Half-length portrait of Taylor, seated. Taylor is posed with his hands lightly crossed in front of him, with a wristwatch worn on the left arrn. He wears a blue shirt, green tie and jumper with an open grey-green jacket.

Sir Geoffrey Ingram Taylor was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1919.

Transcription

Ruskin Spear 1965
SIR GEOFFREY TAYLOR by RUSKIN SPEAR
9/32 33
Spear

Object history

Presented by Alfred Maurice Binnie FRS (1901-1986), 1970.

The offer of this picture was made by A.M.Binnie by letter to the Society’s Executive Secretary: “Three years ago Ruskin Spear painted two portraits of G.I.Taylor, of which one hangs in the Department of Applied Mathematics. I am wondering if the Society would care to have the other as a gift...I would buy the picture from the syndicate who acquired it as a holding operation...“ [Letter, A.M.Binnie to D.C.Martin, 17 December 1969. Royal Society provenance file]. The proposed gift was “accepted with gratitude” at a meeting of Royal Society Officers on 15 January 1970 [Royal Society Officers’ Meetings Minutes OMM volume 1969-1972 p.25 OM/8(70) meeting of 15 January 1970] and Binnie was informed by letter on 23 January 1970. [Letter, D.C.Martin to A.M.Binnie, 23 January 1970, Royal Society provenance file Lib/22/4/IK/GH].

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