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Reference numberMS/648/1/35
LevelItem
TitlePortrait of a young man [claimed as Sir Isaac Newton], by Burnet Reading (1776-1822), after Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680)
Date1799
DescriptionHalf-length portrait of a young man with long hair, wearing an academic gown, his hands resting on a globe. Inscribed below: "SIR ISAAC NEWTON, when Bachelor of Arts in Trinity College, Cambridge. Engraved by Bt. Reading from a Head painted by Sir Peter Lely in the possession of the Right Honorable Lord Viscount Cremorne".

A spurious portrait, "If an oil existed it could not have been a portrait of Newton, and is most unlikely to have been painted by Lely...". Discussed by Keynes, XXXVIII-1.
Extent1 print
Physical descriptionEngraving, on paper
Dimensions353x253mm.
Access statusOpen
Administrative historyCommissioned by Charles Turnor.
Fellows associated with this archive
CodeNameDates
NA2870Turnor; Charles (1768 - 1853)1768 - 1853
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