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John Dee Performing an Experiment before Elizabeth I

Photo credit: Wellcome Collection

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The scene depicted is set within the house at Mortlake of Dr John Dee (1527–1608). At the court of Queen Elizabeth I, Dee was revered for the range of his knowledge, which embraced the fields of mathematics, navigation, geography, alchemy and chemistry, medicine and optics. He was a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, and later one of the original Fellows of Trinity College (he declined a lecturing post at Oxford), and he had an international reputation.

Wellcome Collection

London


Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 152 x W 244.4 cm

Accession number

47369i

Acquisition method

purchased by Henry S. Wellcome, c.1900–1936

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

H. Gillard Glindoni


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