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Artist:
Robert Ball Hughes, 1806 - 1868  Search this
Sitter:
Nathaniel Bowditch, 26 Mar 1773 - 17 Mar 1838  Search this
Medium:
Painted plaster
Dimensions:
Object w/out socle: 66.7 x 38.7 x 26cm (26 1/4 x 15 1/4 x 10 1/4")
Socle footprint: 31.8 x 22.9cm (12 1/2 x 9")
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
Undated cast after 1838-39 original
Exhibition Label:
Nathaniel Bowditch was one of America’s great practical scientists. His contributions to navigation and astronomy were signal achievements in the new republic, helping to create an identity distinct from England. Self-taught and ambitious, Bowditch had a successful career as a businessman but also turned his restless mind to scientific inquiry. His most important book was the New Practical Navigator (1802), which simplified navigational problems for seamen.
Bowditch’s bust rests on the first volume of his translation and annotation of Pierre-Simon de Laplace’s Celestial Mechanics, a study of physical astronomy.
Provenance:
(Phillips, June 6, 1984), New York; purchased NPG 1984
Topic:
Nathaniel Bowditch: Male  Search this
Nathaniel Bowditch: Literature\Writer  Search this
Nathaniel Bowditch: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Insurance Agent  Search this
Nathaniel Bowditch: Science and Technology\Scientist\Mathematician  Search this
Nathaniel Bowditch: Science and Technology\Scientist\Astronomer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.84.75
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
American Origins
On View:
NPG, East Gallery 140
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.84.75