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Martin Folkes (1690-1754): Newtonian, Antiquary, Connoisseur

Anna Marie Roos


Martin Folkes (1690–1754): Newtonian, Antiquary, Connoisseur is a cultural and intellectual biography of the only President of both the Royal Society and the Society of Antiquaries. Sir Isaac Newton’s protégé, astronomer, mathematician, freemason, art connoisseur, Voltaire’s friend and Hogarth’s patron, his was an intellectually vibrant world. Folkes was possibly the best-connected natural philosopher and antiquary of his age, an epitome of Enlightenment sociability, and yet he was a surprisingly neglected figure, the long shadow of Newton eclipsing his brilliant disciple. A complex figure, Fo ... More

Keywords: Antiquarianism, history of science, eighteenth century, Martin Folkes, Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, The Society of Antiquaries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198830061
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198830061.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Marie Roos, author
Professor of the History of Science and Medicine, University of Lincoln