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Seth Ward (1617–1689)

Photo credit: The Royal Society

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Three-quarter-length portrait of Seth Ward wearing the robes of the Order of the Garter and seated on a square-backed chair. His left hand rests on a seal bag signifying his position as Chancellor of the Order of the Garter. The right hand rests on two leather bound books. Ward wears a black cap, shoulder-length natural hair and a light moustache. An architectural pillar is visible immediately behind the sitter, beyond which is a landscape with clouds and a view of Salisbury Cathedral.

The Royal Society





oil on canvas


H 127 x W 103 cm

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deposited by the Bishop Seth Ward Almshouse Trust, 2004

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