Sir Isaac Newton
Sir Isaac Newton
by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 1702
29 3/4 in. x 24 1/2 in. (756 mm x 622 mm)
Purchased with help from the Art Fund, 1936
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Sitterback to top
- Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), Mathematical scientist. Sitter associated with 46 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1678 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
Related worksback to top
- NPG D11505: Sir Isaac Newton (source portrait)
- NPG D19601: Sir Isaac Newton (source portrait)
- NPG D19803: Sir Isaac Newton (after)
- NPG D13924: Sir Isaac Newton (source portrait)
- NPG D30979: Sir Isaac Newton (source portrait)
- NPG D38741: Sir Isaac Newton (source portrait)
- NPG D38742: Sir Isaac Newton (source portrait)
- NPG D42883: Sir Isaac Newton (after)
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- Cooper, John, Great Britons: The Great Debate, 2002, p. 81
- Cooper, John, A Guide to the National Portrait Gallery, 2009, p. 24
- Hart-Davis, Adam, Chain Reactions, 2000, p. 29
- Ingamells, John, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, 2009, p. 189
- Ollard, Richard, Pepys and his Contemporaries, 2015, p. 95
- Parris, Matthew, Heroes and Villains: Scarfe at the National Portrait Gallery, 2003 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 30 September 2003 to 4 April 2004), p. 99
- Piper, David, The English Face, 1992, p. 110
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 458
- Strong, Roy, Tudor and Jacobean Portraits, 1969, p. 284
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 95
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Science, Religion and Politics: The Royal Society (11 September 2010 - 5 December 2010)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1702back to top
Current affairsWilliam III dies and is succeeded by Anne, his sister-in-law, the second daughter of James II and Anne Hyde. Committed to the Church of England and swayed towards Tory values, the queen would enjoy considerable popularity. The general election sweeps the Tories to power in a landslide victory.
Art and scienceWriter, Daniel Defoe, publishes the Shortest Way with the Dissenters. The pamphlet is considered critical of the Anglican Church and Defoe is eventually arrested for seditious libel and briefly imprisoned. The Daily Courant, Britain's first daily newspaper consisting of one page with two columns, is printed by Edward Mallet.
InternationalAdmiral George Rooke overwhelmingly defeats a French squadron escorting a Spanish silver fleet from South America, at the naval Battle of Vigo Bay. In the War of the Spanish Succession, John Churchill, Captain-General of the Forces, forces the French to withdraw from the River Maas.
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On display in Room 8 at the National Portrait Gallery