This idealised scene of Newton sitting under the apple tree in his garden was painted in the early 1850s and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1856. The scene is full of symbolism, particularly the positioning of the apples on the tree and the crescent moon, both affected by gravity.
The artist, Robert Hannah, eventually presented the painting to the Royal Institution, where he had been a Manager (Trustee) during the 1890s, in 1905.
Where to see this painting?
The Royal Institution
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