Historical Portraits Picture Archive

Portrait of William, 2nd Viscount Brouncker PRS (1620 - 84) 1670s

Sir Peter Lely, Studio of 

Portrait of William, 2nd Viscount Brouncker PRS (1620 - 84), Sir Peter Lely, Studio of
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Oil on canvas
17th Century
35 x 25 1/2 inches 88.9 x 64.8 cm
 
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Lord Brouncker was one of the founder members of the Royal Society, and served as its first President. This portrait is a studio version of Lely's original in the collection of the Society, in which the sitter alludes to his mathematical prowess. With John Wallis in 1658 he discovered a solution to Fermat's theorem.
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