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Ernest Rutherford (1871–1937)

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: The Royal Society

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Three-quarter-length portrait of Ernest Rutherford, standing with right hand on hip, the left leaning on a small stack of books on a table or bench to the right as viewed. Glass column tubes, receivers and vacuum tube filled with mercury (apparently referring to Rutherford’s work in identifying alpha particles as positively-charged helium atoms) appear in the right foreground as viewed. Rutherford is dressed in a black suit and tie with a white wing-collar shirt and a gold watch chain visible at the waistcoat.

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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    154 x 103.9 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    presented by a committee of subscribers, 1932


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