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Three-quarter-length portrait of Robert Boyle seated in a green patterned damask upholstered chair with gold tassels and turned wooden armrest. The sitter’s body faces towards the viewer’s right, but the head turned slightly to the left, eyes directed at the viewer. Boyle wears a long, dark brown, curled wig, with a dark green gown over a white shirt and neckcloth, A red-brown coat and stockings are visible from the thigh. Boyle’s right hand loosely indicates a book on the table, which has matching cloth to his chair; the left hand turns the page. Behind is an architectural pillar and brown draped hanging.

The Royal Society



Robert Boyle (1627–1691)




oil on canvas


H 125.8 x W 101.6 cm

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presented by the executors of the will of the sitter, 1692

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