Reference numberS/0078
TitleSculpture of Boole, George
ArtistDufort, Antony
Rapacz Dufort, Dorota
DescriptionFull figure statuette of Boole, standing with right hand extended forward holding a piece of chalk and left hand behind his back clasping a book with the title 'Logic'. The chalk is reference to Boole's lifelong career as a teacher, culminating in his becoming the first professor of mathematics at Queen's College, Cork. The book evokes his great work 'The Mathematical Analysis of Logic' (1847); a foundational work on algebraic or 'Boolean' logic which paved the way for binary computational logic.

Boole is depicted as a young man in typical Victorian dress of full-length trousers, shirt and waistcoat with a double-breasted frock coat (unbuttoned).

The likeness is based on the only known photograph of Boole, taken before 1844, which is in the collection of Sir Geoffrey Taylor, Boole's descendant and the basis of most other known likensses. The stern expression Boole adopts in the photograph has been made more genial for the sculpture.

Mounted on a wooden base with two brass, engraved plaque recording subject, sculptor and donor.
MaterialsBronze on wooden base
DimensionsFigure (excluding base): 724mm (h) 250mm (w) 362mm (d)
Base: 60mm (h) 245mm (w) 224 mm (d)
NotesThe statuette was created by the scuptor Antony Dufort FRSS, after his own life-size multi-figure memorial to George Boole. Dufort employed a scan of the original full-size bronze figure of Boole to produce this smaller version. The statuette moulds were finished by Dorota Rapacz Dufort, sculptor and wife of Antony. The casting of the statuette was done in January 2023.
Access statusOpen
ProvenanceA gift to the Royal Society from Malcolm Smith of Loncoln, Trustee of the Heslam Trust, which commissioned the George Boole memorial installed at Lincoln railway station in 2022.
Related materialColour photographs of statuette and full-sized memorial in acquisition file along with the original design proposal submitted by the artist for the Heslam Trust commission.


Fellows associated with this archive
NA6589Boole; George (1815 - 1864); mathematician1815 - 1864
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