The lost portrait of Robert Hooke?

  title={The lost portrait of Robert Hooke?},
  author={Lawrence R Griffing},
  journal={Journal of Microscopy},
  • L. Griffing
  • Published 3 February 2020
  • History
  • Journal of Microscopy
This letter considers the ‘Portrait of a Mathematician’ attributed to Mary Beale in the 1680s as a likely candidate for a portrait of Robert Hooke made during his lifetime. It closely matches the physical descriptions of Hooke made by his biographers who knew him, Richard Waller (d. 1715) and John Aubrey (1626–1697). The portrait contains a remarkable diagram, as well as its mechanical analogue, demonstrating the elliptical orbit of a body under constant force similar to an unpublished… 
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