2 of 5 portraits of Charles Babbage
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by Samuel Laurence
oil on canvas, circa 1844-1845
50 in. x 40 in. (1270 mm x 1016 mm)
Bequeathed by Sir Edward Ryan, 1876
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- Charles Babbage (1791-1871), Mathematician, mechanical engineer, philosopher and computer pioneer. Sitter in 5 portraits.
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- Samuel Laurence (1812-1884), Portrait painter. Artist or producer associated with 39 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.
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