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Master Isaac Newton in His Garden at Woolsthorpe, in the Autumn of 1665

Photo credit: The Royal Institution

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This idealised scene of Newton sitting under the apple tree in his garden was painted in the early 1850s and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1856. The scene is full of symbolism, particularly the positioning of the apples on the tree and the crescent moon, both affected by gravity.

The artist, Robert Hannah, eventually presented the painting to the Royal Institution, where he had been a Manager (Trustee) during the 1890s, in 1905.

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Master Isaac Newton in His Garden at Woolsthorpe, in the Autumn of 1665


before 1856


oil on canvas


H 86 x W 125.5 cm

Accession number

RIIC 0281

Acquisition method

presented by the artist, 1905

Work type



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21 Albermarle Street, London, Greater London W1S 4BS England

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