Allegory showing Minerva and the Sciences led weeping to the urn containing Sir Isaac's remains.

In the middleground various predecessors of Newton on either side of a pedestal, on which are figures symbolising Mathematics and Truth. The ray of light striking through a prism across centre of the picture was intended to represent Isaac Newton's celebrated experiment with the analysis of light. The architectural setting was painted by D and G Valeriani.

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Provenance

Part of a series representing imaginary monuments of illustrious Englishmen commissioned by Owen MacSwinny from leading Venetian and Bolognese artists in Venice, 1720-30; Sir William Morice; Capt. Heatley; presented to Ushaw College, Durham, circa 1820; S


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