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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].
    Associated place
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          > United Kingdom
    Credit
    ©The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.9664
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