Portrait of Sir Isaac Newton by Sir Godfrey Kneller

At the date of the painting, both sitter and artist were at the height of their careers: Newton the great renaissance man, whose work in astronomy, mathematics, the theory of gravity and the study of optics had changed the very nature of Science, and Kneller, artist to a succession of English Kings, founder of the first English Academy (1711) and the artistic leader of London Society.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
125 x 100 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,875 ( Total: £23,500)
Acquired in:
1988
Vendor:
Lane Fine Art

The painting dates from the very end of Kneller's long and successful career and illustrates the Augustan ideal in portraiture: sober, straightforward in technique and characterisation, classicising, and with a fine simpliciry and Gravitas. Kneller had previously painted Newton twice and this painting is the largest and most formal of the three.

Provenance

Lane Fine Art.

Venue details

Grantham Museum St Peter's Hill, GRANTHAM Lincolnshire NG31 6PY 01476 568 783 www.granthammuseum.org.uk

Entry details

Free to all

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