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Portrait of Hans Sloane




Hans Sloane (1660-1753, Irish), Physician


Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723, British), Painter

Object type



height (painting): 762mm
width (painting): 629mm



Head and shoulders portrait of Sir Hans Sloane in a painted oval, body turned to the left as viewed. Sloane wears a shoulder-length grey wig, brown coat and has a white lace-trimmed neck-cloth.

Hans Sloane was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1685, he served as its President from 1727 to 1741.

Object history

Presented by Sir Hans Sloane, 1716.

Noted in the Society’s Journal Book: “Sir Hans Sloane’s Picture was presented by him to the Society for which he received their Thanks”. [Royal Society Journal Book, Original, JBO/12, meeting of 6 December 1716, p.136].

President and Council agree to loan portrait of Sir Hans Sloane along with portraits of Dr Wollaston and Dr E W Gray to the Nottingham Art Gallery, 1892. Letter from Herbert Rix to G H Wallis, Jul 1892. NLB/6/728

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