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    Portrait of John Evelyn

    Date
    ca. 1687
    Sitter
    John Evelyn (1620 - 1706, British) , Diarist
    Creator
    Godfrey Kneller (1646 - 1723, British) , Painter
    Object type
    Archive reference number
    Material
    Dimensions
    height (painting): 765mm
    width (painting): 635mm
    Subject
    Content object
    Description
    Evelyn stands side-on, gaze toward the viewer. He is informally dressed in a loose brown robe over a white shirt: his hair is in a simple style, naturally grey-white and collar-length. In his right hand Evelyn holds a copy of his book Sylva (1664), its title and author surname on the red spine label.

    John Evelyn was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1663.
    Transcription
    JOANNES EVELYN ARMIG. REG. SOCIETATIS SOC.
    JOHN EVELYN, (1620-1706) SECRTARY, 1673. By GODFREY KNELLER
    Library
    Royal Society, Carlton House Terrace
    Object history
    The gift is noted in a meeting of 25 February 1707/08: “Mr. Evelyn’s Picture was presented to the Society by Mrs.Evelyn his Widow who was order’d the thanks of the Society for their gratefull present.” [Royal Society Journal Book Original JBO/11 p.134].
    Associated place
    <The World>
       > Europe
          > United Kingdom
    Credit
    © The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.9268
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