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Born in Ireland, Sloane travelled to London and then France where he took a degree in medicine. After a brief period in Jamaica as physician to the governor, Sloane returned to England with a major collection of plant and animal specimens. He became physician to Queen Anne in 1712 and physician-general to the army in 1716 and he was made a baronet. In 1713, Sloane purchased the Manor of Chelsea and its estate.
oil on canvas
125.7 x 101 cm
Transferred from the British Museum, 1879