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Michael Atiyah (b.1929)

© the artist. Photo credit: The Royal Society

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Three-quarter-length portrait of Sir Michael Atiyah, seated in the Royal Society’s eighteenth-century President’s chair, surmounted by the Society’s coat of arms. Behind, to the viewer’s left, is a sculpture bust of Sir Isaac Newton, by Louis-Francois Roubiliac. The President sits in the Royal Society’s Library at 6–9 Carlton House Terrace and to the right are shelves with bound volumes of the 'Philosophical Transactions' and 'Proceedings' in green and orange buckram bindings. Atiyah engages the viewer with direct eye contact. His left hand rests on the arm of the chair, the right in his lap. He wears spectacles and is dressed in a grey suit with a light blue shirt and darker blue tie with a university or college motif.

The Royal Society



Michael Atiyah (b.1929)




oil on canvas


H 122 x W 96.7 cm

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commissioned, 1995

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The Royal Society

6–9 Carlton House Terrace, London, Greater London SW1Y 5AG England

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