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A landscape-format picture in which Clifford looks directly to the viewer, posed side-on and working at his desk. An untidy scatter of books and papers is on the desktop, with a glass inkwell beside which Clifford holds a quill pen poised in his right hand. Above this on the wall to the upper left is a framed photograph with a family group. Clifford has reddish-brown swept-back hair and a full beard and wears a black coat.

The Royal Society



William Kingdon Clifford (1845–1879)




oil on canvas


H 86.4 x W 111.7 cm

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presented by the executors of the will of Mrs Clifford, 1929

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The Royal Society

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

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