Reference numberMS/648/1/59
TitleProfile portrait of Sir Isaac Newton, by George Bickham, Senior (1684-1769)
DescriptionMedallion bust of Newton in profile facing the viewer's right. The head is encircled by the motto: "PRAECLARISSIMUS. ISAACUS. NEWTON. EQUES."The medallion in within a starry firmament with allegorical figures top and bottom. One putto holds a scroll bearing the legend: "Ecce Philosophorum Princeps". A figure carrying scales points to a solar system below the portrait. Inscribed below "Sold by I. King at the Globe in the Poultry."

Verses below read:

"See the great Newton, He who first Survey'd
The Plan, by which the Universe was made;
Saw Natures Simple, yet Stupendous hours
And prov'd the Effects tho' not explain'd the Cause.
O wondrous Man! in whom the heavenly Mind
Shines forth distinguish'd, and above Mankind:
Whilst here on Earth, how humble, wise and good!
In Heav'n a Star of the first Magnitude!"

Variant on Keynes, LV. Keynes notes the print sold by Bickham and others, but not by King.
Extent1 print
Physical descriptionEngraving, on paper
Access statusOpen
Administrative historyCollected by Charles Turnor
Fellows associated with this archive
NA2870Turnor; Charles (1768 - 1853)1768 - 1853
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