William Thomson, Baron Kelvin
20 of 30 portraits of William Thomson, Baron Kelvin
William Thomson, Baron Kelvin
by T. & R. Annan & Sons, after Elliott & Fry
5 3/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (135 mm x 98 mm) image size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
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- William Thomson, Baron Kelvin (1824-1907), Mathematician, physicist and inventor. Sitter in 30 portraits.
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- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (photographers' studio, 55 Baker Street, Portman Square, London)
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The Paris International Exhibition, attended by more than 50 million people and including over 76,000 exhibitors, marks the heyday of Art Nouveau.
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