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Bust of Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727): C.198-1932

Object information


Bust of Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727)


Fürstenberg Porcelain Manufactory (Factory)


Hard-paste biscuit porcelain bust supported on a circular socle and square pedestal with moulded base, which is glazed, and has gilded edges. The bust is inscribed in impressed letters on back: 'NEWTON/No: I'


History note: Uncertain before Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson. Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 16.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Fürstenberg ⪼ Wurtemberg ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932-10) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Late 18th century
Production date: after AD/CE 1783


Between 1771 and 1808 Fürstenberg issued over 130 biscuit porcelain busts, some in several sizes. More than a third were reproductions of the heads of antique statuary. The rest were portraits of members of the ruling houses of Braunschweig, and other German states, philosophers, writers, scientists, and other distinguished men, past and present. This bust of Newton was issued in 1783 accompanied by the English writers, Pope, Prior, Dryden and Addison. Shakespeare, Milton, and the actor, Garrick, followed in 1785. see Documentation, Wolff Metternich, 1981

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Socle And Pedestal: composed of glaze ( clear) Decoration: composed of gold Pedestal: Depth 5 cm Width 5 cm

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Hard-paste biscuit porcelain bust moulded separately from the socle and pedestal which are glazed and gilt

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: horse

  • Location: Impressed
  • Method of creation: On back of bust
  • Factory mark

Inscription present: script

  • Text: F
  • Location: On base of pedestal
  • Factory mark
  • Text: l
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Mark
  • Text: W
  • Location: On back of bust below horse, and on base of pedestal
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Incised mark
  • Text: NEWTON/No: I
  • Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.198-1932
Primary reference Number: 140157
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 11 October 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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