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Edmond Halley (1656-1742), Astronomer

Sitter in 13 portraits
The greatest of English astronomers. At the age of 22 he published his catalogue of the stars of the Southern hemisphere and in 1705, his celebrated work on comets. Halley published Newton's Principia at his own expense in 1687. By collecting observations of earlier comets, he was able to predict the appearance of the great comet of 1758 ('Halley's Comet'). He was appointed Astronomer Royal in 1721.

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6377

Edmond Halley

attributed to Isaac Whood
oil on canvas, circa 1720
On display in Room 13 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6377

4393

Edmond Halley

by Richard Phillips
oil on canvas, feigned oval, before 1722
NPG 4393

6235

Edmond Halley

by Jacques Antoine Dassier
bronze medal, 1744
On display in Room 13 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6235

D2561

Edmond Halley

by Francis Kyte, after Thomas Murray
mezzotint, (1712)
NPG D2561

D33975

Edmond Halley

after Richard Phillips
line engraving, (circa 1721)
NPG D33975

D33976

Edmond Halley

after Richard Phillips
line engraving, (circa 1721)
NPG D33976

D3202

Edmond Halley

by and published by George White, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, 1721-1723
NPG D3202

D2560

Edmond Halley

by John Faber Jr, published by John Bowles, after Thomas Murray
mezzotint, 1722 (1712)
NPG D2560

D7038

Edmond Halley

by Jacques Antoine Dassier
bronze medal, 1744
NPG D7038

D19098

Edmond Halley

by and published by George White, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D19098

D19433

Edmond Halley

by and published by George White, sold by Samuel Sympson, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D19433

D19999

Edmond Halley

by John Faber Jr, published by John Bowles, after Thomas Murray
mezzotint, 1722 (1712)
NPG D19999