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John Evelyn

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Evelyn's varied life and wide range of interests are reflected in his writings, on subjects as diverse as forestry, engraving, numismatics, air pollution and refrigeration. He was a founder member of the Royal Society. He is best known, however, for his Diary, which provides a detailed record of and commentary on his times. Evelyn records in his Diary that he sat to Walker on 1 July 1648, and that his portrait was intended to accompany a treatise on marriage which he had written for his young wife Mary Browne.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London

  • Date

    1648

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    87.9 x 64.1 cm

  • Accession number

    6179

  • Acquisition method

    Purchased with help from the Art Fund, the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 1992

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