12 1/2 x 19 inches. Manchester, 1833. Davies, professor of chemistry at Manchester, is shown seated at a table on which are several books, a large spherical flask half filled with liquid, and a smaller beaker, also containing a liquid, which Davies holds in his left hand. There is also a vertical post, attached to which is another beaker being warmed from below by a burner.
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Germany. Portrait. Engraving. Image measures 13" x 8.5". Portrait of Christian Gottlieb Ludwig (1709-1773), German physician and botanist. He is remembered for his correspondence with Carl Linnaeus regarding Linnaeus' classification system. Engraved by E. G. Haussmann. Minor staining in upper right corner, margins are cropped, Ludwig's death date marked in red ink. This is one of hundreds of portraits of scientists that can be found in the Gallery.
Germany. Portrait. Engraving. Image measures 13" x 8.5". Portrait of Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel aka William Herschel (1732-1822), German born British astronomer and composer. He is famous for discovering the planet Uranus and he built more than 400 telescopes. His sister Caroline Herschel discovered the first comet and his son John did pioneering work in the field of photography. The engraving is from the early 19th century, by Luigi de Ramos (1773-1840) who was educated in Parma. Light scattered foxing, minor...
Paris. Portrait. Engraving. Image measures 13" x 8.5". Portrait of Antoine Darquier de Pellepoix (1718-1802) from the nineteenth century. Darquier was a French astronomer known for his discovery of the Ring Nebula in 1779 and an extensive star catalog. Overall wear, cropped margins. This is one of hundreds of portraits of scientists that can be found in the Gallery.
Paris: Chaillou-Potterbelle. Portrait. Engraving. Image measures 10.75" x 7.75". Page measures 17" x 12.25". Portrait of F.J.V. Broussais (1772-1838), 19th century. Broussais was a French physician who spent three years with Napoleon and who became the chief physician at the Paris Val de Gare military hospital. He was a controversial figure whose medical theories were questioned. Engraved by Bonvoisin. Light scattered foxing. This is one of hundreds of portraits of scientists that can be found in the Gallery.
F. Halma. Portrait. Engraving. Image measures 13.75" x 9". Portrait of Georg Eberhard Rumpf (1627-1702), 18th century. Rumpf was a German born botanist, naturalist and author. He was employed by the Dutch East India Company which sent him to present day Indonesia to catalog exotic botany. Rumpf is known for his "Herbarium Amboinense" which lists over 1200 species of exotica. The naturalist overcame myriad hardships including fires that destroyed his manuscripts, storms, personal family losses and blindness, but he persevered...
New York: Johnson White & Co., 1874. Portrait. Engraving. Image measures 7.25" x 5.25". Page measures 10.75" x 8". Portrait of Mary Somerville (1780-1872), Scottish science writer and polymath. She was able to "translate" complicated scientific theories into common language. In 1835, she and Caroline Herschel became the first women members of the Royal Astronomical Society. Smudge to left margin, minor aging to edges. This is one of hundreds of portraits of scientists that can be found in the Gallery.
London: Watford and London, 1871. Color lithograph. Sheet measures 14 x 9". Accompanying text page with same dimensions. This likeness of Charles Darwin was published in 1871, the same year of the release of his book "Descent of Man." By this time, the success of "On the Origin of Species" had made Darwin a well-regarded scientist and public figure, described in the text as "one of the most accomplished naturalists now in existence." His portrait communicates this reverence, with Darwin...