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Isaac Newton (1642–1727)

Photo credit: The Royal Society

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Three-quarter-length portrait of the 84-year-old Newton, wearing a wig and seated in a high-backed green chair with scrolled wooden arms. The sitter is looking away from a tan calf-bound book held upon his knee in a reading position. Newton is dressed in a loose olive-coloured robe, with white neckcloth and shirt cuffs. An ouroboros (a snake holding its own tail in its mouth) can be seen to the right of the picture.

The Royal Society


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    oil on paper

  • Measurements

    127 x 101.6 cm

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    presented by Martin Folkes


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