Anna Marie Roos on a Portrait of Martin Folkes

Posted in museums by Editor on November 12, 2016

From The Societies of Antiquaries of London:

Anna Marie Roos on a Portrait of Martin Folkes
Society of Antiquaries of London, Unlocking Our Collections, added 1 November 2016

Richardson the elder, Jonathan; Martin Folkes (1690-1754); Society of Antiquaries of London; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/martin-folkes-16901754-148327

Jonathan Richardson the Elder, Portrait of Martin Folkes, 1718, oil on canvas (Society of Antiquaries of London).

This is a portrait of Martin Folkes (1690–1754), the only person to have been President of both the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the Royal Society. What would being President of a society dedicated to the material past have to do with leading a society dedicated to science? In the 18th century, the ability to observe nature was thought to make scientists ideal to understand the empirical details of ancient artefacts and how they were created. Science and archaeology were seen as one, the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Society had many common members and held their meetings on the same day, and Folkes tried to unite the two groups into one organisation. If he had succeeded, the humanities and sciences would perhaps be more united today. . . .

Anna Marie Roos is Reader at College of Arts, University of Lincoln.

The full essay, with a video and suggestions for further reading, is available here»



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