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Richard Andrew Grove

(died 1849), Publisher and printseller

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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

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Cliff Thornton

04 September 2015, 12:23

Richard Andrew Grove was a marine publisher and printseller, based in Lymington, Hampshire, in the first half of the 19th C. In 1848 he decided to sell his collection of 130 paintings, collected over the previous 30 years, through a personal lottery, which became known as the "Lymington Distribution".
Grove planned to sell 1,000 tickets. Every purchaser of a one guinea ticket would receive two lithographs, and a chance to win one of the paintings from his collection. One of the two lithographs was a portrait of Sir Isaac Newton. This print was based upon one of the paintings which was in Grove's lottery. A local newspaper described the painted portrait as follows -
No 1250 "The recently-discovered Portrait of Sir Isaac Newton" inscribed Aetitis Suae, 64, 1706, is a remarkable fine and intellectual head. The expression of the eye is wonderful, and appears as if the Great Philosopher had just discovered some new cause of gravitation. There is also much dignity in the general character of the portrait, painted, as all portraits should be, particularly of great men, without trickery or adventitious ornaments - it is the man that should claim attention, not red curtains, tables and chairs."
The draw for the Lymington Distribution was scheduled for August 1848, but was rescheduled to allow for more of the 1,000 tickets to be sold. Unfortunately Mr Grove died in April 1849, a month before the draw was due to take place.
I believe that the portrait of Newton is that painted by William Gandy junior in 1706, see "The Iconography of Sir Isaac Newton" by Milo Keynes, 2005, Item XXXIII. There is circumstantial evidence for this portrait as Keynes records a previous owner of the painting as John Abel Walter of Lymington. Keynes also points out that image XLIV-1, the 1848 lithograph, is based upon this painting.

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