Sir Isaac Newton’s exploits after gravity

Dr Patricia Fara reveals a complex personality

Cambridge Arts Round Up Episode 46

In this edition of Cambridge arts Round Up author and Cambridge University scientific historian Patricia Fara talks on her new book on the life of Cambridge Icon Sir Isaac Newton revealing intrigue, his role in the slave trade and the life of a rich and powerful man after he left Cambridge for London entitled ‘ Isaac Newton Life after gravity; Her husband Cambridge poet Clive Wilmer recites a few pieces of his work; Local Artist Samuel Benjamin Harris on a roll shows off an outstanding series of excellent new paintings he’s produced during lockdown at two prime city venues and gallery owner Carla Nissola at ‘Extraordinary Objects’ welcomes shakers and movers to see   artwork including a sculptures made from meteor fragments and fossils.

Life after Gravity: Isaac Newton’s London Career  Patricia Fara (OUP, 2021)

According to the famous story, Isaac Newton conceived the theory of gravity when he watched an apple fall from a tree. But in his early fifties, Newton abandoned life as a reclusive scholar and moved to London. Within a few years, he was running the Royal Mint, making (also losing) small fortunes on the stock market and manoeuvring for favour at court. Knighted by Queen Anne, and a close ally of the influential Chancellor of the Exchequer, Newton occupied a powerful position as President of the Royal Society. He was also responsible for the nation’s money at a time of financial crisis, sharing the aspirations of his wealthy colleagues to make London the world’s largest and richest city. Like them, he invested his own money in trading companies that transported enslaved peoples around the world, and as Master of the Mint he profited personally from coins made from African gold. Even Newton’s Principia, his great book on gravity, incorporated data contributed by imperial merchants based across the globe.

Samuel Benjamin Harris is a local Cambridge Emerging Artist, an artist who is currently taking Cambridge by storm. In most recent months (August 2021) Samuel’s works won ‘The Oak Bistro Award’, the award-winning works were showcased within ‘The Cambridge Invitational Art Contest & Exhibition 2021’, held at Castle Art, Grand Arcade. Samuels works pop up around the city, on the façade of ‘Stolen and Liquor Loft, Kings Street’ and ‘The Othersyde’, Cambridge.

Samuel studied at BA (Hons) at Norwich University of The Arts, following the experience Samuel found that, at heart, he was a Painter. When Samuel produces work, he literally just has a really good time, blasting music, pots of café, Samuel Benjamin Harris paints from his home studio, he watches his painting dry in the garden, where he reflects on his creation.
‘Side Hustle’ is a showcase of Samuel Benjamin Harris’s mind, at EL Art, we give artists the freedom to represent themselves. Samuel Art life is his ‘Side Hustle’ and would like to make Art his ‘Main Hustle’, Samuel’s work is bold, unique, and colourful, each piece takes you into is fun loving world of life, brining joy, like Samuel’s personality.
Samuel is a talented ideas factory and is also on the Board for ‘Together Culture’, joining forces to promote the need of art spaces to support the creative culture within Cambridge, Samuel is passionate to be an active contributor to the Cambridge Art community.
Watch this space, this Artist will make more great noise to come within the art community and as Artist Samuel Benjamin Harris.

Espresso Library Art is a platform for new, emerging and established artists to be provided the opportunity to exhibit works within the Gallery Space across two Espresso Library Art Gallery locations at East Road and the Grand Arcade, Cambridge.

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Carla Nissola owner of Extraordinary Objects in Green Street  

From contemporary art and sculpture, to natural history and antiquities, the Extraordinary Objects collection contains a carefully curated selection of unique pieces, from the contemporary to the pre-historic. There is no specific genre that defines the collection, and each object is chosen for its extraordinary nature and the sense of wonder it invokes.