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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, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D27322

Sir Isaac Newton

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1748
NPG D27322

Sir Isaac Newton, by John Goldar, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D7655

Sir Isaac Newton

by John Goldar, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, circa 1755-1795 (1702)
NPG D7655

Sir Isaac Newton, by James Macardell, after  Enoch Seeman - NPG D3725

Sir Isaac Newton

by James Macardell, after Enoch Seeman
mezzotint, 1760
NPG D3725

Sir Isaac Newton, by James Macardell, after  Enoch Seeman - NPG D20304

Sir Isaac Newton

by James Macardell, after Enoch Seeman
mezzotint, 1760
NPG D20304

Sir Isaac Newton, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D30978

Sir Isaac Newton

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D30978

Sir Isaac Newton, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D27323

Sir Isaac Newton

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, late 18th century
NPG D27323

Sir Isaac Newton, after John Vanderbank - NPG D27326

Sir Isaac Newton

after John Vanderbank
stipple and line engraving, late 18th to early 19th century
NPG D27326

Sir Isaac Newton, by Unknown artist - NPG D7042

Sir Isaac Newton

by Unknown artist
half-penny, 1793
NPG D7042

Sir Isaac Newton, by Unknown artist - NPG D7045

Sir Isaac Newton

by Unknown artist
half-penny, 1793
NPG D7045

Sir Isaac Newton, by and published by Burnet Reading, after  Sir Peter Lely - NPG D20106

Sir Isaac Newton

by and published by Burnet Reading, after Sir Peter Lely
line engraving, published January 1799
NPG D20106

Sir Isaac Newton, by William Holl Sr, or by  William Holl Jr, after  John Vanderbank - NPG D27328

Sir Isaac Newton

by William Holl Sr, or by William Holl Jr, after John Vanderbank
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D27328

Sir Isaac Newton, by John Romney, after  John Vanderbank - NPG D27327

Sir Isaac Newton

by John Romney, after John Vanderbank
line engraving, published 1817
NPG D27327

Sir Isaac Newton, by Edward A. Smith, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D27325

Sir Isaac Newton

by Edward A. Smith, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1821
NPG D27325

Sir Isaac Newton, by William Thomas Fry, published by  Harding & Lepard, after  William Derby, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D38740

Sir Isaac Newton

by William Thomas Fry, published by Harding & Lepard, after William Derby, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
stipple engraving, published 1 January 1829 (1720)
NPG D38740

Sir Isaac Newton, by George Edward Madeley, after  Joshua (or John) Kirby Baldrey, after  Louis François Roubiliac - NPG D38746

Sir Isaac Newton

by George Edward Madeley, after Joshua (or John) Kirby Baldrey, after Louis François Roubiliac
lithograph, 1837 (1751-1755)
NPG D38746

Sir Isaac Newton, by George B. Black, printed by  Day & Son, published by  Richard Andrew Grove, after  William Gandy - NPG D38745

Sir Isaac Newton

by George B. Black, printed by Day & Son, published by Richard Andrew Grove, after William Gandy
lithograph, published 1848 (1706)
NPG D38745

Imaginary portrait of Sir Isaac Newton as a child, by Thomas Lewis Atkinson, published by  Henry Graves & Co, and published by  William Schaus, after  Frederick Newenham - NPG D38747

Imaginary portrait of Sir Isaac Newton as a child

by Thomas Lewis Atkinson, published by Henry Graves & Co, and published by William Schaus, after Frederick Newenham
mezzotint, published 6 October 1859
NPG D38747

Sir Isaac Newton, by Thomas Oldham Barlow, published by  Moore, McQueen & Co, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D38743

Sir Isaac Newton

by Thomas Oldham Barlow, published by Moore, McQueen & Co, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
etching and aquatint, published 1 January 1867 (1689)
NPG D38743

Sir Isaac Newton, by Thomas Oldham Barlow, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D38744

Sir Isaac Newton

by Thomas Oldham Barlow, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
etching, circa 1867 (1689)
NPG D38744

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