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A Parliamentarian and writer on history and politics, Whitelocke was Keeper of the Great Seal and Ambassador to Sweden (1653). Whitelocke holds a paper inscribed in Latin fac quod vis pati (do as you would be done by). The motto (top left), Quodcunque evenerit optimum (whatever happens is best) from Epictetus, was adopted by him when trying to reconcile himself to the insanity of his first wife (which began on the first night of their marriage).
oil on canvas
76.2 x 63.5 cm
National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London WC2H 0HE EnglandView venue
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