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A Dwarf

Photo credit: Royal College of Physicians, London

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This portrait is thought to show Richard Gibson (1615–1690), a celebrated artist and miniaturist. Gibson’s birthplace is uncertain, but he was first employed as a page to ‘a Lady at Mortlack’ (or Mortlake) who noticed his talent for drawing and apprenticed him to Francis Cleyn (c.1582–1658) at Mortlake tapestry works. His future wife, Ann Sheppard (married 14 February 1641) was also in this household.

Royal College of Physicians, London


  • Date

    19th C

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    73.6 x 60.9 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    gift from Dr E. C. Carter, 1950


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