Monument to Sir Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey

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Monument to Sir Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey, by B. Cole, after  William Kent, and after  John Michael Rysbrack, 1731 or after - NPG D13121 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Monument to Sir Isaac Newton in Westminster Abbey

by B. Cole, after William Kent, and after John Michael Rysbrack
line engraving, 1731 or after
9 7/8 in. x 6 5/8 in. (251 mm x 169 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
Reference Collection
NPG D13121

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  • Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), Mathematical scientist. Sitter associated with 46 portraits.

Artistsback to top

  • B. Cole (active 1720-1754), Engraver. Artist associated with 7 portraits.
  • William Kent (1685?-1748), Architect, painter and landscape gardener. Artist associated with 4 portraits, Sitter associated with 8 portraits.
  • John Michael Rysbrack (1694-1770), Sculptor. Artist associated with 15 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.

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Current affairs

Legal proceedings in British courts are conducted in the English language for the first time.

Art and science

Sculptor Michael Rysbrack creates a monument to Newton in Westminster Abbey. The influential Gentleman's Magazine is launched on 1 January. Agriculturalist Jethro Tull publishes his pioneering treatise The New Horse-Houghing Husbandry.


Treaty of Vienna with Austria is signed by Philip Dormer Stanhope, 1st Earl of Chesterfield on behalf of Britain, marking the collapse of the Anglo-French Alliance (1727-1731) and the beginning of the Anglo-Austrian Alliance. Trader Robert Jenkins has his ear cut off by Spanish coast guards in Cuba leading to the War of Jenkins' Ear in 1739.

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