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    Portrait of John [Jean] Chardin

    Date
    late 17th century
    Sitter
    John Chardin (1643 - 1712, French) , Traveller
    Creator
    Attributed to Michael Dahl (1659 - 1743, Swedish) , Painter
    Object type
    Archive reference number
    Material
    Dimensions
    height (painting): 767mm
    width (painting): 640mm
    Subject
    Description
    Head and shoulders portrait of Sir John Chardin in a painted oval. Chardin wears a brown shoulder length wig and dark green gown with a white neck-cloth or cravat.

    Chardin was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1682.
    Transcription
    JOHN CHARDIN
    Sir John Chardin
    Sir G.Kneller Portrait of Sir John Chardin Traveller and writer 72
    SIR JOHN CHARDIN, F.R.S. (1643-1713) by MICHAEL DAHL
    Object history
    Attributed to Michael Dahl. Presented by George C. Handford, 1887.

    The picture was offered to the Society in a letter from the donor: “I have a good portrait in oil (& framed) of Sir John Chardin, an Eastern Traveller & writer, and noting in a Biography that he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society I thought that the President, Council & Fellows would like to place it with their other numerous portraits, and if so, have much pleasure in asking their acceptance of the same, & on hearing from you would forward it to the Society.” [Letter, George C. Handford, 15 June 1887, to A.W.Williamson. Royal Society Miscellaneous Correspondence, MC/14/227].

    The donation is recorded in Council Minutes: “The Treasurer reported that Mr.George Handford had presented to the Society a portrait in oil of Sir John Chardin. Resolved – That the special thanks of the President and Council be presented to Mr Handford for his valuable gift.” [Royal Society Council Minutes, Printed, CMP/6, meeting of 7 July 1887, p.157].

    Associated letters from Herbert Rix, the Society’s Assistant Secretary regarding the donation were copied into the New Letter Books for this period. [Letters, Herbert Rix to George C Handford, 20 June and [?] July 1887, New Letter Books NLB/1/465 and NLB/1/516].
    Associated place
    <The World>
       > Europe
          > France
    Credit
    ©The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.9680
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