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Mary Harvey (1598–1622)

Photo credit: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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A portrait of Mary Harvey, aged 24 (c.1620). She is wearing a black dress and hat with a lace collar and cuffs and is holding a prayer book in her right hand.

This portrait is one of a group of members of the family of Dr William Harvey (1578–1657), discoverer of the circulation of the blood. William Harvey had no children, but had six brothers. A family tree of the Harvey family has been published by A. Sakula but this does not include any reference to a 'Mary Harvey' with dates that correlate to those inscribed in this portrait. She is presumably a neice of William Harvey.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust





oil on panel


H 111.1 x W 79.3 cm

Accession number

SBT 1998-29

Acquisition method

purchased with the assistance of the Friends of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, 1998

Work type


Inscription description

inscribed Mary Harvey A o : 1620/AETS 24/Obijt May 25. 1622

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Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6QW England

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