Huxley is seated at three-quarter-length, left hand (with signet ring) gripping one arm of a wooden chair. His right hand rests on the flat surface of an open roll-top writing desk (left of picture as viewed) holding a steel pen. On the desk is an inkwell, with loose and filed papers. Bookshelves can be seen behind both sitter and desk. Huxley is grey-haired and clean-shaven except for side whiskers. He is painted wearing a black coat and waistcoat over grey trousers, with a white shirt and black bow tie.
He is posed in a similar style to the William Kingdon Clifford portrait by John Collier in the Royal Society’s collections, although Huxley adopts a more open, relaxed posture.
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The Royal Society
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