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Portrait of a Couple, said to be John Tradescant the Elder and his Wife Elizabeth

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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This portrait is said to have been in Tradescant's house in Lambeth before it was demolished in 1881. Here, John Tradescant the Elder (d.1638) established the first physic garden in England. Elizabeth Day (b.1573/86) married John Tradescant the Elder in 1607. No other portraits of Mrs Tradescant survive and the identification of both sitters remains doubtful.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology



c. 1630


oil on canvas


H 73 x W 117 cm

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Acquisition method

Presented by the Misses E. Dora and Annie C. Thorne, 1924

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The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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