Sir Isaac Newton(1642-1727), Mathematical scientist
Sitter associated with 46 portraits
An immensely influential mathematical scientist, in one year (1665-6), when driven from Cambridge by plague, Newton formulated a series of important theories concerning light, colour, calculus and the 'universal law of gravitation'. According to tradition, he developed the latter theory after seeing an apple fall from a tree. He published Principia (1687) and the Opticks (1704), and was knighted in 1705. Newton was President of the Royal Society from 1703 until his death.
Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below
by Francis Kyte, published by John Bowles
by B. Cole, after William Kent, and after John Michael Rysbrack
- Portrait of the Day: Isaac Newton
23 December, 12:30