© National Portrait Gallery, London
Sir Isaac Newton
by George Vertue, after John Vanderbank Click on the links below to find out more
engraving, 1726 (1725)
8 5/8 in. x 6 1/4 in. (220 mm x 160 mm) plate size; 9 1/2 in. x 7 1/4 in. (240 mm x 183 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), Mathematical scientist. Sitter associated with 46 portraits.
- John Vanderbank (1694-1739), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 96 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
- George Vertue (1683-1756), Engraver and antiquary. Artist associated with 853 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
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