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Sir Thomas Browne (1605–1682) was a learned physician and distinguished writer, descended from an ancient family in Cheshire. He was educated at Winchester and Oxford University. He travelled in France, Italy and Holland before settling in Norwich. He became famous for his publication, 'Religio Medici', in which he asserted his right to be guided by his own reason during his practise of medicine, rather than just by the teachings of the Catholic Church.
late 17th C
oil on panel
H 58.4 x W 48.3 cm
gift from Edward Browne