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John Locke

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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A philosopher of wide influence and a friend of the 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, Locke was associated with the opposition to both Charles II and James II, and was forced to flee to Holland in 1684. On the accession to the throne of William and Mary, he returned to England and was made Commissioner of Appeals. Noted for his essays on religion and education, in 1690 Locke published An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding and Treatises on Government.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London


Date

c.1672–1676

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 56.2 x W 47 cm

Accession number

3912

Acquisition method

Purchased, 1954. On long-term loan to Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire

Work type

Painting


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