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    Image number: RS.9704
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    Portrait of William Derham

    18th century
    William Derham (1657 - 1735, British) , Clergyman
    Unknown, Artist
    Object type
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    height (painting): 770mm
    width (painting): 637mm
    Head and shoulder portrait of William Derham, body turned to the viewer’s right, in a painted oval. Derham wears a black gown and white bands and has a shoulder-length brown wig.

    William Derham was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1703.
    ....LLINS....Cleaner 52 Hall [?]....Street
    S 12 no.3
    WILLIAM DERHAM, F.R.S. (1657-1735) by G.WHITE
    Object history
    Presented by George Scott FRS (c.1721-1780), 1772.

    This portrait has been attributed to George White (presumably the draughtsman and engraver, c.1684-1732) since the 1834 list of the Society’s portraits and in successive catalogues. However there seems to be no independent evidence to support this attribution. [Portraits in the possession of the Royal Society (London, Royal Society, November 1834), p.2] . The donation is recorded in the Society’s Journal Books: “A Pourtrait of the Revd. Mr. Derham formerly F.R.S. presented by his nephew Geo. Scott Esq., F.R.S.” [Royal Society Journal Book, Original, JBO/28, meeting of 4 November 1773, p.179].
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