Reference numberMOB/010
TitleLock of Isaac Newton's hair
Dateearly 18th century
DescriptionA lock of Isaac Newton's hair, presented on a black silken cushion in a mahogany presentation box. Plaque on lid of presentation box engraved: 'Lock of Sir Isaac Newton's hair presented by Henry Garling esq. Oct 26 1847'.
Extent1 artefact
Dimensionsh 50 x d 80 x l 120 mm
Access statusOpen
ProvenancePresented by Henry Garling in 1847; Garling was connected to the Newton family by marriage. In a letter to the Royal Society, 1847, Garling writes: 'I am in possession of a very small lock of silver-white hair, which is wrapp'd in a paper marked 'Sir I. Newton' [...] the family of Sir Isaac Newton were connected by marriage with the family of Barton, and these latter with the Burrs, who ar my relation on the maternal side, and through one of whom the article came into my possession.' (A History of the Royal Society, with Memoris of the Presidents, vol 1, Charles Richard Weld).
Related records in the catalogueCMP/2/14
URL descriptionDigital version available on The Royal Society Picture Library
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8414Newton; Sir; Isaac (1642 - 1727); natural philosopher and mathematician1642 - 1727
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