© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Isaac Newton
by Edward Hodges Baily, after Louis François Roubiliac Click on the links below to find out more
marble bust, 1828 (1751)
28 in. (711 mm) high
Transferred from Tate Gallery: London: UK, 1957
- Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), Mathematical scientist. Sitter associated with 46 portraits.
- Edward Hodges Baily (1788-1867), Sculptor, designer and modeller of silver. Artist associated with 16 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
- Louis François Roubiliac (1702-1762), Sculptor. Artist associated with 13 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.
This commemorative bust is a copy of an eighteenth-century sculpture. It was commissioned, along with a similar bust of the writer Samuel Johnson, by the collector Robert Vernon, who left them to the nation in 1845.
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