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Image number: RS.9664
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Portrait of Robert Southwell

Date

ca. 1695

Sitter

Robert Southwell (1635-1702, British), Diplomat

Creator

Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723, British), Painter

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Dimensions

height (painting): 1270mm
width (painting): 1016mm

Description

Three quarter length portrait of Robert Southwell seated on wooden armchair with a rolled back and armrests. Southwell wears a brown shoulder length wig, white shirt with lace at the cuffs, lace neck-cloth and brown robe. His right hand rests against the chair arm, index finger slightly extended.

Robert Southwell was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1663, he served as its President from 1690 to 1695.

Transcription

D. ROBERTUS SOUTHWELL EQ. REG SOCIETATIS PRAESES. ANo. 1690
Sir R. Southwell
meeting room Grd. Office no.1

Object history

Presented by Sir Robert Southwell, 1695.

The donation is recorded in the Society’s Journal Books: “The Society in a Body gave their humble thanks to the President for his Picture he now presented to them, to be hung up in their meeting Room.” [Royal Society Journal Book. Original, JBO/9, meeting of 10 July 1695, p.196].

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