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A half-length portrait of Sir Ashley Miles seated at a laboratory bench with hands in pockets. An open manuscript is on the bench in front of him and there is a steel fountain pen angled in his waistcoat packet, as if quickly pushed there. Behind, left and right, are angled rows of test tubes and laboratory glassware, with a Bunsen burner to the left as viewed. Miles is shown smiling with dark arched eyebrows contrasting with his grey hair, worn parted on his right-hand side. He wears a white shirt and red tie with a green waistcoat over this.

The Royal Society





oil on canvas


H 94 x W 70 cm

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gift from the Lister Institute of Preventative Medicine, 1980

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The Royal Society

6–9 Carlton House Terrace, London, Greater London SW1Y 5AG England

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