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Emilie du Chatelet portrait
This portrait of Émilie du Châtelet is from David Eugene Smith's extensive collection of portraits, but is not easily found elsewhere. Du Châtelet (1706-1749) for many years was the one person in France with whom Voltaire could easily discuss philosophical and scientific issues, and they co-authored a book dealing with Newton's philosophy. She is most famous for her translation of Newton's Principia into French, the only such translation for many years thereafter. For a detailed biography and access to other portraits of her, click here.