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John Somers (1651–1716), 1st Baron Somers

Photo credit: The Royal Society

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Half-length portrait of John Somers wearing a shoulder-length brown wig, brown robe and a white shirt and cravat. The right hand is visible, the left hand obscured in the folds of the robe as he stands with left arm crooked. Behind, and to the left as viewed, a bag containing the Great Seal, embroidered with the Royal coat-of-arms, rests on a table covered with a red cloth.

The bag for the Great Seal also appears in the Royal Society’s portrait of Francis Bacon (1561–1626), Viscount St Albans, denoting his role as Lord Chancellor and Keeper of the Great Seal.

The Royal Society


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    104 x 77.5 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    presented by Sir Joseph Jekyll, 1719


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The Royal Society

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