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Baldwin Hamey, Senior (1568–1640)

Photo credit: Royal College of Physicians, London

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Baldwin Hamey, Senior (1568–1640), was a successful physician and a licentiate of the RCP. Hamey was born at Bruges and studied at Leiden and after an unusually extended course of study, he took the degree of Doctor of Medicine. About this time, the professors in that university were requested to select from among their graduates a fitting person for the office of physician to the Russian Tsar, Theodore Ivanowitz. They nominated Dr Hamey. He proceeded to Russia, where he remained five years, and performed the arduous and responsible duties of his office to the entire satisfaction of the Tsar. He returned to Holland in 1598, married in Amsterdam, and soon afterwards settled in London. His son Baldwin Hamey the Younger became one of the most notable RCP fellows of the seventeenth century and one of the greatest benefactors to the College in its 500 year history.

Royal College of Physicians, London



Baldwin Hamey, Senior (1568–1640)




oil on canvas


H 65.8 x W 51.1 cm

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gift from an anonymous donor, 1967

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