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robert boyle houbraken portrait

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Robert Boyle

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Original antique portrait print
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Robert William Boyle FRS (1627 – 1691) was an Anglo-Irish natural philosopher, chemist, physicist and inventor born in Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland. Boyle is largely regarded today as the first modern chemist, and therefore one of the founders of modern chemistry, and one of the pioneers of modern experimental scientific method. He is best known for Boyle's law, which describes the inversely proportional relationship between the absolute pressure and volume of a gas, if the temperature is kept constant within a closed system. Among his works, 'The Sceptical Chymist' is seen as a cornerstone book in the field of chemistry. . From Houbraken's series of portrait engravings set within elaborate cartouches titled 'The Heads of Illustrious Persons of Great Britain'. They were published by Knapton originally C1740, this impression is c1820. Jacobus Houbraken was a Dutch line engraver who is known best for this series of portraits.
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artist Jacobus Houbraken (1698-1780) after Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723)
method Copper-line engraving
date C1820
size 360mm by 230mm (platemark)
SKU PT8603