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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Brook Taylor (1685-1731), Mathematician

Mathematician; corresponded with John Keill and sent a solution of the problem involved in Kepler's second law of planetary motion to John Machin, 1712; FRS, 1712, and first secretary, 1714; LLD St John's College, Cambridge, 1714; published solution of the problem of the centre of oscillation, 1714 (obtained in 1708); published his Methodus Incrementorum Directa et Inversa, 1715 (the first treatise dealing with the calculus of finite differences), containing 'Taylor's Theorem', and other original solutions and formulas; Linear Perspective, 1715, New Principles of Linear Perspective, 1719, and other works. Taylor married 1721 (1) Miss Brydges (d.s.p. 1723) and (2) in 1729 Sabetta Sawbridge (d. 1730) whose daughter Elizabeth married Sir William Young, Bart.

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Foskett 1972
D. Foskett, A Dictionary of British Miniature Painters, 1972.

Grundy 1921
C. R. Grundy, 'Documents relating to an action brought against Joseph Goupy in 1738', Walpole Society, IX, 1921, pp 77-87.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, 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.