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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 Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, circa 1740 (1702)
NPG D42883

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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

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Sir Isaac Newton

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

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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

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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

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Sir Isaac Newton

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


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