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Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Bt (1792-1871), Mathematician and astronomer; son of William Herschel

Astronomer; son of the astronomer, Sir William Herschel (1738-1822); fellow of St John's College, Cambridge; secretary and later president of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1824-32; discovered and catalogued many double stars and nebulae; described new graphical method of investigating stellar orbits; published several very important and influential books on astronomy; responsible for numerous discoveries and inventions.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.