Jean-Baptiste Joseph Fourier was a French mathematician and physicist who initiated the investigation of Fourier series. The following is the only portrait of Fourier that I know of. Are there any portraits of Fourier other than this one?

Painting of Fourier

  • $\begingroup$ You mean a colored engraved portrait ? $\endgroup$ Dec 30, 2021 at 14:03
  • $\begingroup$ I meant any other portrait than this known portrait regardless if its colored or not @JeanMarieBecker $\endgroup$
    – SPARSE
    Dec 30, 2021 at 14:10
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    $\begingroup$ You can find a certain number of them on the web, beginning by the Wikipedia article devoted to J.B. Fourier. A nice lively document is this one (in French) whose title means, "The miraculously preserved painting" $\endgroup$ Dec 30, 2021 at 14:20

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Here is a caricature of Fourier and Legendre: http://www.numericana.com/fame/legendre-fourier.jpg (This is the only existing portrait of Legendre).

  • $\begingroup$ If the link is broken, this answer loses much of its value. $\endgroup$ Dec 30, 2021 at 15:46
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    $\begingroup$ In fact these caricatures can be found as well in Wikipedia article on Joseph Fourier $\endgroup$ Dec 30, 2021 at 19:25
  • $\begingroup$ Here is a bust of Fourier... $\endgroup$
    – Spencer
    Dec 31, 2021 at 1:34
  • $\begingroup$ plus one from his grave. $\endgroup$
    – Spencer
    Dec 31, 2021 at 1:36
  • $\begingroup$ The link in the comment of @Spencer shows at least 5 different portraits (it is clear that they are not reproductions of the same since he wears different cloths). $\endgroup$ Dec 31, 2021 at 15:59

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