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Portrait of Francis Baily, President of the Royal Astronomical Society: P.15024-R

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Portrait of Francis Baily, President of the Royal Astronomical Society


Printmaker: Lupton, Thomas Goff
Painter: Phillips, Thomas (After)




After the portrait by Thomas Phillips (1837; exh. R.A.S. 1838 and R.A. 1839, no. 345; Royal Astronomical Society). Standing three-quarter-length, facing front, head turned slightly towards the right, left hand resting along with a pair of spectacles on a manuscript open on a table titled 'Pendulum Experiments'. The titles of books stacked on the table include, 'Baily's Life of Flamsteed' and 'Newton's life and Works'.

Acquisition and important dates

by Unknown


19th Century
Production date: AD 1838


Mezzotint on chine collé. Proof before title. Engraved in open roman letters at lower left: 'PAINTED BY THOMAS PHILLIPS, R.A.' and at lower right: 'ENGRAVED BY THOMAS LUPTON' and address below engraved in italics, '4 Keppel Street, Russell Square'. Engraved in italics at the centre below the image: 'From the Picture painted for the Royal Astronomical Society'. Sitter's signature and position reproduced in facsimile on the plate at lower right: 'Francis Baily / President of the Roy: Ast: Soc:'. Inscribed in graphite on the sheet at lower centre: 'Selected India Proof Fitzwilliam Museum'. Inscribed on the recto in graphite beyond the platemark at upper centre: '28' and on the verso: '14'. See NPG D7466 for a fully-lettered state.

School or Style


Techniques used in production

Chine collé

Identification numbers

Accession number: P.15024-R
Primary reference Number: 240086
O'Donoghue: 1
Chaloner Smith: undescribed
Nagler (Künstler-Lexicon): undescribed
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 9 January 2020 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 15 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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