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Image number: RS.9267
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Portrait of Daniel Colwall




Daniel Colwall (d.1690, British), Searcher of Customs, London


Unknown, Artist

Object type



height (painting): 483mm
width (painting): 387mm


Oval head and shoulders portrait, the sitter turned slightly left, wearing natural, shoulder-length dark hair, a dark coat and a white collar with bands. Colwall has blue eyes, the complexion slightly florid.

Daniel Colwall was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1663. He served as its Treasurer from 1666 to 1679.

Object history

The portrait was solicited by the Royal Society: initially promised in 1672 at a Royal Society meeting, according to Robert Hooke’s diary: “Dr Godderd presented Mr Gunters picture. Lord Brounker, Mr Colwall and Dr Godderd promisd theirs.” [H.W.Robinson [ed] The diary of Robert Hooke, M.A., M.D., FRS, 1672-1680; transcribed from the original...(London, Taylor and Francis, 1935) [entry for 25 October 1672].

The promise was repeated at a Royal Society Council Meeting, 23 February 1679/80: “Mr Colwall was at the same time desired to bestow his picture upon the Society, to be kept constantly in the repository; which he, though with much modest reluctancy, promised to do.” [Thomas Birch, History of the Royal Society (London, 1756-57), vol.4, p.16].

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