VANDERBANK, John the Younger
(b. 1694, London, d. 1739, London)

Portrait of Martin Folkes

1739
Oil on canvas, 127 x 102 cm
Private collection

This three-quarter length portrait represents Martin Folkes (1690-1754), an English antiquary, numismatist, mathematician, and astronomer. In 1722 he was appointed vice-president of the Royal Society, and frequently chaired meetings in the absence of the President, Sir Isaac Newton. He was a candidate for President on Newton's death in competition with Sir Hans Soane (who was successful), but succeeded the latter in 1741.