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Kneller's 1689 portrait

1689 Portrait

This is the earliest portrait of Sir Isaac Newton to survive. It was painted in 1689 when Newton was in London as a member of the Convention Parliament, following the "Glorious Revolution" of 1688. The artist was Godfrey Kneller, perhaps the greatest portrait painter of his day.

Newton was 46 years old and Principia had been published two years previously. It represents Newton "at the height of his powers."

Many people (especially me) consider this to be by far the "best" portrait of Newton. Use the above links to decide for yourself.

The portrait is on display at Farleigh House, the seat of the Earl of Portsmouth.


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