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Portraits – In Print Exhibition

Engraving, Richard Lovett, after Joseph Wright of Derby, Engraved by R. Hancock, 18th Century, Inv. 90133


Richard Lovett (1692-1780) was a lay clerk at Worcester Cathedral. He acquired a friction machine in 1750 and became interested in the medical uses of electricity, advertising himself as able to use it to cure a sore throat in 1758. He authored a number of popular books on electrical science. Although condemned as ignorant, he communicated ideas from Newton and Franklin for a lay readership.

Etching, Michael Faraday by Daniel Maclise, 1830-38, Inv. 48717


In 1831, while working in the Royal Institution, Faraday (1791-1867) discovered electromagnetic induction, discovering how electricity could be generated by passing a magnet in and out of a helix with wire, which created a transformer and dynamo. This portrait shows Faraday in his laboratory, the first such portrayal of a portrait of a chemist.

Engraving, Isaac Newton, Engraved by G. Bickham, London, 1732. Inv. 30330

Isaac Newton

This is a line engraving of a bust of Isaac Newton (1642-1727). This commemorated Newton five years after his death. He is surrounded by allegorical figures: angels and putti using globes, telescopes, quadrants, and dividers. The use of such allegory was common in depicting abstract sciences such as mathematics in the early modern period.

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