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Painting. [Mrs. Sage] / artist unknown, 1785. Oil on canvas, 77x 63cm or 92 x 78.5 x 11 cm in gilt frame. Portrait, HL, of Mrs. Letitia Ann Sage, 'The first English female aerial traveller' in Lunardi's balloon ascent of 29 June 1785; with balloon motif. Head, bust, white fur mantle, hat and half-veil. aeronaut/balloonist
Portrait of Francois Justin Vulliamy (1712 – 1797)
Oil on canvas portrait of Francois Justin Vulliamy (1712 – 1797).
Joseph Wright of
Painting. Sir Richard Arkwright (1732-1792), by Joseph Wright of Derby, 1790. Oil on canvas; 76.5x64.2cm in gilt frame 80.5x93.5x6.5cm. After the full length oil commissioned by the sitter, 1789-90. Commissioned from Wright by Jedediah Strutt, friend and patron of sitter; by family descent, the 'Belper' Arkwright; in contemporary Belper family frame. Portrait: HL looking to L, in red coat with striped yellow-green waistcoat.
Posthumous portrait of George Daniels
Posthumous portrait of George Daniels by John Walton, RP, 2011.
Portrait of the Reverand Henry Nelthropp MA, FSA (1820 – 1901)
Portrait of the Reverand Henry Nelthropp MA, FSA, by D. A. Werschmidt
Portrait of Benjamin Gray (1676 – 1764)
Portrait of Benjamin Gray (1676 – 1764), oil on canvas, attributed to J. Davison, mid 18th century.
Portrait of Thomas Vickery (1882 – 1945)
Portrait of Thomas Vickery (1882 – 1945) by unknown artist, possibly Vickery himself, 1936.
Portrait oil painting of John Arnold and family 1783-1787
Painting. John Arnold and family / Robert Davy, [1783-1787]. Oil on canvas; 106x129cm in gilt frame, unglazed, 124x147x8cm. Group portrait depicting the watch and chronometer maker John Arnold (1736-1799) examining a chronometer, his son John Roger Arnold (1769-1843), active from 1783 as a watchmaker, and his wife Margaret Arnold (1743/4-1789). Robert Davy died in 1793 after being robbed. The portrait of John Arnold was engraved in mezzotint by Susan Esther Reid
Portrait of Edward East
Portrait miniature, believed to be of Edward East, c.1650. Artist unknown
Stipple-engraved portrait of Margaret Bryan and two children
Print. Stipple-engraved portrait entitled 'MRS. BRYAN and CHILDREN.' Engraved by William Nutter after a miniature of the same size painted by Samuel Shelley. 172x137mm engraved area.
John Harrison, oil painting
Painting. John Harrison (1693-1776) / Thomas King, c1767. Oil on canvas; 125x100cm in gilt frame 144.5x120x8cm. - Titled centre l, on chronometer, John Harrison. - Portrait: Sitter nearly TQL seated to L beside table holding in right hand, watch made to his design by John Jeffries 1753. Third timekeeper H3, for ascertaining Longitude, delineated in background L. Chronometrical drawing. l. Invention of compound pendulum, background R.
Man holding a watch
Sebastiano del Piombo
Painting. [Man holding a watch] / [Maso da San Friano?]. - nd. [1558-1560]. - Oil on panel; 117 x 92.1x 3.5 cm. - Formerly attributed to Venetian artist Sebastiano del Piombo who died in 1547. This work has since been attributed to the Florentine artist Maso di San Friano (Tommaso Manzuoli, 1532/6-1571/5). - Three wax seals on verso of panel carry arms of the Hapsburg-Lorraine family, perhaps one of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany and Medici arms on one of the quarterings. - This is an early depiction of a 16th century watch (not a tableclock). - Portrait, TQL; an unidentified man holds a German, drum-shaped watch with chapters marked I to XII in Roman on an outer ring and 13 to 24 in Arabic numerals on an inner ring. The hinged, pierced cover of the gilt metal case is open. A looped tape passes through the pendant for suspension of the watch round the neck. A detached alarm mechanism stands on three feet on the table, surmounted by a bell and alongside, a carrying case. The owner is finely dressed, his left hand brc. rests on the head of a dog; Renaissance period
Charles Willson Peale
Painting, Robert Fulton (1765-1815), 180-. after Charles Willson Peale (1806/7) Oil on canvas; 77 x 63 cm. Portrait, HS to R.
Painting, Richard Trevithick, John Linnell, 1816. Oil on canvas; 61x 51cm in gilt frame 82x72x8cm. Portrait of Richard Trevithick (1771-1833) Cornish inventor and mining engineer developed the first high pressure steam engine and the first full-scale working railway steam locomotive.; John Linnell (1792-1882) was a well known English landscape and portrait painter and engraver. HL seated to R, looking front, with right hand pointing across and behind him to landscape.
Painting, Isaac Newton (1642-1727) / Thomas Oldham Barlow (1824-1889), 1863. Copied from the original of 1689 by Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646/9-1723). Oil on canvas; 74 x 62 cm or 90 x 78 x 7 cm in gilt frame. Inscribed recto: l., ISAACVS NEWTONVS. ; r., Godfrey Kneller f. 1689. Inscribed verso: Copied from the original picture by permission of Lord Portsmouth. Thomas Oldham Barlow 1863. Portrait, HS, looking slightly to r.; natural hair, shirt open at neck, brown gown loosely wrapped, r. hand resting over l. arm.
'Dr James Barry MD', drawing, Europe, 1845-1855
Dr James Barry MD (1785-1865) / [c1850]. Drawing, pencil and wash, col.; 31x22cm. Portrait, FL in uniform. Army surgeon who lived as a man, found to have been a woman after death. Legend on the reverse reads 'painted by an officer of the Buffs'.
Anamorphosis of King Charles I
Painting. Anamorphosis of King Charles I, artist unknown, n.d. [c1740-1790]. Oil on canvas, 50.5x60.5cm. Portrait, HS in armour. With stand feet, probably Edwardian, attached at corners
Painting. [Patrick Miller of Dalswinton 1731-1815] / attributed to Alexander Nasmyth or follower, 180-. Oil on canvas; 73 x 61 cm or 99 x 87 x 7 cm in gilt frame. Portrait, HL looking R. seated in red chair
Alexander Parkes (1813-1890)
Photograph of Alexander Parkes (1813-1890) taken in Vienna 1875
Photograph, carte-de-visite style, of Charles Babbage, photographer unknown, 1860. 10.5x6cm. Reduced size version with image trimmed, of studio sitting for the International Statistical Congress 1860. Portrait, nearly FL seated to L, high chairback prominent
Sir Neil Cossons OBE
Painting. Sir Neil Cossons OBE, by Keith Holmes, artist in residence at the Science Museum, 1994 to 1996, completed 1999. Oil on board; image 102x121cm in frame by artist, 107x125x3.5cm. Left hand panel of a triptych about the Science Museum: looking at curatorship. The Director is seated working in his office, a modern manager using communications technologies. Behind him looking over his shoulder, a Parianware bust of Albert Prince Consort [by Brown-Westhead Moore Co, 1862; our Inv.1991-79], and hints of past curatorship and industrial heritage, Ironbridge; on the desk, present and future science including DNA, 60 molecular model, plan of the Wellcome Wing opening 2000, pictorial heritage represented by postcard of oil painting 'Coalbrookdale by Night' by Loutherbourg 1801 (Inv.1952-452), and a prism reflecting also the PRISM Fund and museum outreach programme; entry ticket hints at museum charges issue
Portrait of William Friese-Greene in a wooden frame
Portrait of William Friese-Greene in a wooden frame, taken by J C seaman, Bath.
Carte de Visite photograph. Sir John Lubbock.
Carte de Visite photograph of Sir John Lubbock.
Maull and Polyblank
1 photograph, studio albumen, portrait, Edwin Chadwick, [186-], (1800-1890) / Maull and Polyblank, London, [186-], gilt border on card mount, 31x26cm., image 20x15cm.
John Hutton Balfour
Carte de visite photograph. John Hutton Balfour. (1808–1884) botanist.
Portrait of unknown medical gentleman (previously Dr William Hunter)
Portrait of a medical gentleman. Unknown artist. Oil on canvas; 77x65cm. A handwritten label adhered on stretcher verso specifies Gainsborough as the artist and Dr William Hunter as the sitter. However, there is no record that Gainsborough ever painted Hunter, and this is not in his style. Likewise, the sitter's clothing here dates from about 1770, when Hunter was in his 50s, and this painting does not show a man of that age. It does show, half length, a gentleman in his thirties, facing right holding an anatomy book open at a picture of a skeleton. The artist and sitter remain the subject of research.
Painting. [Josiah Wedgwood] (1730-1795) by Charles Sibley (fl. 1826-1847), nd. [183-]. Oil on canvas, 30x25"/76.5x63.5cm. Inscription printed indistinctly on verso of former frame: 'After the oil by Reynolds, 1782, now in the Wedgwood Museum, Barlaston'. Portrait, HS to L with dark background.
Oil painting, portrait of Paul Rapsey Hodge, 1850-1859
Painting, Paul Rapsey Hodge (1808-1870) / by Goldsworthy, 1850-1859. Oil on canvas; 52 x 39 cm, in gilt frame; 79 x 67cm, portrait, TQL seated to L beside table with microscope. Paul Rapsey Hodge an engineer and author, built first steam fire-engine in the US and increased understanding of metal fatigue.
Bromide print 4 3/4" x 6 3/4":- portrait of Cheval
Bromide print 4 3/4" x 6 3/4":- portrait of Chevalier Ch.X. Thomas, de Colmar
Portrait of Thomas Mudge (c.1715 – 1794)
Portrait of Thomas Mudge (C.1715 – 1794) oil on canvas, after Nathaniel Dance, London c.1772.
Carte de Visite portrait of Japetus Steenstrup
Carte de Visite photograph of Japetus Steenstrup by H. J. Whitlock of Birmingham (1862-69). Steenstrupe is shown seated half-length on a padded chair, wearing shirt, waistcoat, jacket and glasses, with hands clasped in his lap. Steenstrup was a Danish zoologist, biologist, and professor famous for naming and describing the giant squid 'Architeuthis dux' ('ruling squid') in 1857, previously famous in legend as the kraken: a terrifying sea monster that could pluck fishermen out of their boats.
Carte de Visite photograph. Sir Charles Lyell. geo
Carte de Visite photograph of Sir Charles Lyell. geologist.
Charles Mahon, 3rd Earl Stanhope
Painting. [Charles Mahon, 3rd Earl Stanhope 1753-1816] / [Charles Sibley]. - . - Oil on canvas, 76.5x63.5cm. - After a portrait by John Opie owned in 1858 by Lord Holland (Henry Edward Fox). - Portrait, HL to L
Portrait photograph of Prof Edward Cowper (1790-1852), 5 1/2 inches by 4 inches, 12.7 x 10.15 cm
Photograph: Alexander Parkes' wife and family take
Photograph: Alexander Parkes' wife and family taken at Pembrey, Pembrokeshire, Wales. portrait.
The Horologist, John Elcomb
Painting, oil on board. Ongoing no.2, by Keith Holmes, artist in residence at the Science Museum, 1994 to 1996. Completed 1999; retitled 'The Horologist, John Elcomb'. Oil on board; image 102x121cm in frame by artist, 107x125x3.5cm. Right hand panel of a triptych about the Science Museum; a portrait of conservation. The horologist (John Elcomb, Science Museum conservation team) stands TQL in infinity, wearing his white lab coat, wearing a watch maker's eyeglass over a lens of his spectacles; beside him, the brass spheres of the large orrery by Charles Butcher of Bedford, 1731-33 (Inv.1927-1618), its orb and dial a light source in the lower right corner; right, a small earth viewed from space
Carte de visite photograph. John Lindley (1799–1865), botanist and horticulturist