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James Jurin (1679–1750)

Photo credit: The Royal Society

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Three-quarter-length portrait of James Jurin, seated on a red chair with ornate gilded surround. Jurin rests his right arm on a table covered with a green cloth upon which is a pile of three books, the central volume inscribed 'J. Jurin M. D.' Jurin holds an open edition of Sir Isaac Newton’s 'Principia Mathematica' in his left hand. He is dressed in a grey shoulder-length wig, brown waistcoat and white neckcloth over which is a green robe with red at the collars and cuffs. Behind the sitter are screens decorated in green and gold with sunlight slanting into the painting.

The Royal Society



James Jurin (1679–1750)




oil on canvas


H 127 x W 100.4 cm

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presented by Reverend William Totton, 1868

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