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Image number: RS.9721
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Portrait of William Brouncker

Date

ca. 1674

Sitter

William Brouncker, 2nd Viscount Brouncker of Lyons (1620-1684, British), Mathematician

Creator

Peter Lely (1618-1680, Dutch), Painter

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Dimensions

height (painting): 1267mm
width (painting): 1013mm

Subject

Content object

Description

Three-quarter length portrait of Viscount Brouncker, seated, his body left side-on to the viewer, his face turned and in half-profile. Brouncker is dressed in a white shirt with black ribbon ties at the cuffs and a white lace neck-cloth. He wears a loose brown robe over these and the green and gold upholstery of his chair is just visible through its folds. Brouncker’s hair is natural, black and shoulder-length and he has a narrow black moustache. His right index finger points towards a paper held upright on a small wooden easel on the red-cloth covered table before him, and this contains a geometrical drawing of a curve. The left hand supports his robe. Behind is a fluted architectural pillar and red drapery.

William Brouncker was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1660, he served as its first President from 1662 to 1677. Brouncker was a founder of the Society.

Transcription

D. GUIL. VICECOM. BROUNKER. REG. SOC. PRAESES. I. ANO. 1661
VISCOUNT BROUNCKER (1620-84) PRESIDENT 1662-77. By SIR PETER LELY

Object history

Presented by Viscount Brouncker, 1675.

The presentation is noted briefly in Robert Hooke’s diary for 18 March 1675: “Lord Brounker sent in Picture.” [The diary of Robert Hooke...1672-1680..., edited by H.W.Robinson and W.Adams (London, Taylor and Francis, 1935), p.153]. There was a meeting of the Royal Society on that day, but the gift was not recorded in the Journal Book account.

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