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Sir Isaac Newton

(1642-1727), Mathematical scientist

Sitter associated with 46 portraits
An immensely influential mathematical scientist, in one year (1665-6), when driven from Cambridge by plague, Newton formulated a series of important theories concerning light, colour, calculus and the 'universal law of gravitation'. According to tradition, he developed the latter theory after seeing an apple fall from a tree. He published Principia (1687) and the Opticks (1704), and was knighted in 1705. Newton was President of the Royal Society from 1703 until his death.

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Sir Isaac Newton, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 2881

Sir Isaac Newton

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 1702
On display in Room 8 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2881

Sir Isaac Newton, studio of Enoch Seeman - NPG 558

Sir Isaac Newton

studio of Enoch Seeman
oil on canvas, circa 1726
NPG 558

Sir Isaac Newton, possibly after John Michael Rysbrack - NPG 2081

Sir Isaac Newton

possibly after John Michael Rysbrack
iron cast of death-mask, after 1727
NPG 2081

Sir Isaac Newton, by Edward Hodges Baily, after  Louis François Roubiliac - NPG 995

Sir Isaac Newton

by Edward Hodges Baily, after Louis François Roubiliac
marble bust, 1828 (1751)
On display at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 995

Sir Isaac Newton, by John Simon, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D5719

Sir Isaac Newton

by John Simon, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, early 18th century (1702)
NPG D5719

Sir Isaac Newton, by and published by John Simon, after  Sir James Thornhill - NPG D19639

Sir Isaac Newton

by and published by John Simon, after Sir James Thornhill
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D19639

Sir Isaac Newton, by Jacobus Houbraken, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D30979

Sir Isaac Newton

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, (1702)
NPG D30979

Sir Isaac Newton, by Jacobus Houbraken, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D38741

Sir Isaac Newton

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, (1702)
NPG D38741

Sir Isaac Newton, by Jacobus Houbraken, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D38742

Sir Isaac Newton

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, (1702)
NPG D38742

Sir Isaac Newton, by Jacobus Houbraken, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D19601

Sir Isaac Newton

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, (1702)
NPG D19601

Sir Isaac Newton, by and published by John Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D11505

Sir Isaac Newton

by and published by John Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1712 (1702)
NPG D11505

Sir Isaac Newton, by John Faber Jr, after  John Vanderbank - NPG D27324

Sir Isaac Newton

by John Faber Jr, after John Vanderbank
mezzotint, (1725)
NPG D27324

Sir Isaac Newton, by John Faber Jr, after  John Vanderbank - NPG D5748

Sir Isaac Newton

by John Faber Jr, after John Vanderbank
mezzotint, (1725)
NPG D5748

Sir Isaac Newton, by John Faber Jr, after  John Vanderbank - NPG D27329

Sir Isaac Newton

by John Faber Jr, after John Vanderbank
mezzotint, circa 1726
NPG D27329

Sir Isaac Newton, by George Vertue, after  John Vanderbank - NPG D18163

Sir Isaac Newton

by George Vertue, after John Vanderbank
engraving, 1726 (1725)
NPG D18163

Monument to Sir Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey, by B. Cole, after  William Kent, and after  John Michael Rysbrack - NPG D13121

Monument to Sir Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey

by B. Cole, after William Kent, and after John Michael Rysbrack
line engraving, 1731 or after
NPG D13121

Sir Isaac Newton, by John Faber Jr, after  John Michael Rysbrack - NPG D3726

Sir Isaac Newton

by John Faber Jr, after John Michael Rysbrack
mezzotint, (circa 1733)
NPG D3726

Sir Isaac Newton, by and published by Andrew Miller, published by  P. Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D20152

Sir Isaac Newton

by and published by Andrew Miller, published by P. Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1744
NPG D20152

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