Three-quarter length portrait of Sir Isaac Newton, seated, wearing a wig and dressed in a rust-brown coat over a black waistcoat, with a white neck-cloth and white shirt cuffs visible. Newton’s right index figure points to a table top upon which is a chronometer or watch with a black ribbon on which is a seal and key. An ink well is placed on the table. Isaac Newton was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1672, he served as its President from 1703 to 1727.


  • Title: Portrait of Isaac Newton
  • Creator: Charles Jervas (1670-1739)
  • Date Created: 1717
  • Provenance: The Royal Society’s Journal Book record Newton’s donation: “The President gave the Society his Picture drawn by Mr Jervase for which he had their thanks.” [Royal Society Journal Book, Original, JBO/12/169, meeting of 16 May 1717].
  • Rights: Copyright The Royal Society, 2018
  • External Link: To license this image please visit the Royal Society Picture Library
  • Medium: Canvas, Oil
  • Scientist: Isaac Newton (1643-1727)
  • Field: Physic
  • Catalogue Reference: P/0095

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