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Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle (1657–1757)

Photo credit: The Royal Society

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Half-length portrait of an elderly Fontenelle, wearing a black turban and a loose red fur-trimmed robe over a white shirt and neckcloth. There is an open and a closed book in front of him, on a table surface at which Fontenelle holds fabric loosely with his right hand. He is seated on a green, round-backed chair and behind are bookshelves and a red armillary sphere.

The Royal Society


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    77.1 x 64.3 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    bequeathed by Matthew Maty, 1776


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