Isaac Newton

In 1702, while living in London and serving as Master of the Mint, Isaac Newton had his portrait painted by Godfrey Kneller, the most famous and probably the most expensive portrait painter in London. For this portrait he wore a red banyan and a flowing wig. This stipple engraving is one of many copies of that image. Below the portrait is an image of Urania, the muse of astronomy. The text below reads “Isaac Newton / Engraved by R. Page for the Encyclopaedia Londinensis 1818.” This was published in volume 17 of the Encyclopaedia Londinensis (1820).
Ref: Patricia Fara, Newton. The Making of Genius (New York, 2003).
David Eugene Smith, “The Portraits of Isaac Newton,” Biblioteca Mathematica 9 (1908): 301-309.
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Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 8 1/4 in x 6 3/4 in; 20.955 cm x 17.145 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
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Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
Science & Mathematics
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Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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