Reference numberP/0034
TitlePortrait of Descartes, Rene
DescriptionHalf length, right profile. He was born in 1596 and died in 1650. He was not a Fellow. He conducted a scientific correspondence with Father Mersenne of Paris. His own writings were principally philosophical and, although many of his scientific ideas were abandoned, his Cartesian philosophy has influenced strongly the subsequent Western intellectual tradition
MaterialsOil on canvas
Dimensions749 x 629 mm
NotesRobinson, Norman H and Forbes, Eric G 'The Royal Society catalogue of portraits' (London: Royal Society, 1980)
Access statusOpen
ProvenancePresented by Matthew Maty FRS, 1776
Related materialB&W negative, Box N101. IM/001139
Related records in the catalogueIM/001139

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