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Image number: RS.9713
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Portrait of Albrecht von Haller




Albrecht von Haller (1708-1777, Swiss), Anatomist


Possibly Charles Stoppelaer (active 1703-1738, Irish), Painter

Object type



height (painting): 765mm
width (painting): 645mm


Content object


Half-length portrait of Albrecht von Haller, apparently seated in front of a small table upon which is a book inscribed “Physiologia”, upon which von Haller rests his right hand. The sitter wears a short grey wig and is dressed in a white shirt and cravat with a light brown coat and waistcoat, the latter piped with gold and each with gold buttons.

Albrecht von Haller was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1739.

Object history

Presented by William Sharpey FRS (1802-1880), 1877.

The original letter of donation is preserved in the Society’s archives: “I take leave to offer for the acceptance of the Royal Society the accompanying Portrait, painted, as appears from an inscription on the back, by C von Stoppelaur [possibly Charles Stoppelaer, active 1703-1756] in 1765, and believed to be a likeness of Haller. I regret I am unable to give any history of the Picture except that M. Michel a foreign gentleman from whom I acquired it informed me that it had been for many years in the possession of his Wife’s family and was reported to be a Portrait of Haller. The date 1765 would correspond with the 57th year of Haler’s life.” [Letter, William Sharpey, 14 November1877, to Joseph Dalton Hooker, Royal Society Miscellaneous Correspondence, MC/11/120].

Associated place

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