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Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery

Science and the Arts in the 17th Century

Room 6Although the seventeenth century was a period of huge civil and political disruption, it was also a time of great achievements in science and the arts. The portraits in this room include those of writers, scientists, painters and patrons from throughout the century. Distinctions between fields were not drawn in the same way at this period as they are today, and many of the sitters in these portraits were involved in both artistic and scientific activities.

Room introduction

See also: Room 6: miniature case

15 portraits on display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery

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John Smith, by Simon de Passe - NPG 4594

John Smith

by Simon de Passe
line engraving, 1616
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4594

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne, attributed to Paul van Somer - NPG 6538

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne

attributed to Paul van Somer
oil on canvas, feigned oval, probably after 1625
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6538

William Harvey, attributed to Daniel Mytens - NPG 5115

William Harvey

attributed to Daniel Mytens
oil on canvas, circa 1627
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5115

John Milton, by Unknown artist - NPG 4222

John Milton

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1629
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4222

Andrew Marvell, by Unknown artist - NPG 554

Andrew Marvell

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, circa 1655-1660
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 554

Mary Beale, by Mary Beale - NPG 1687

Mary Beale

by Mary Beale
oil on canvas, circa 1666
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1687

Thomas Hobbes, by John Michael Wright - NPG 225

Thomas Hobbes

by John Michael Wright
oil on canvas, circa 1669-1670
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 225

Isaac Fuller, by Isaac Fuller - NPG 2104

Isaac Fuller

by Isaac Fuller
oil on canvas, circa 1670
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2104

King Charles II, studio of John Riley - NPG 3798

King Charles II

studio of John Riley
oil on canvas, circa 1680-1685
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3798

John Bunyan, by Thomas Sadler - NPG 1311

John Bunyan

by Thomas Sadler
oil on canvas, 1684
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1311

John Ray, by Unknown artist - NPG 563

John Ray

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1685-1690
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 563

Robert Boyle, after Johann Kerseboom - NPG 3930

Robert Boyle

after Johann Kerseboom
oil on canvas, based on a work of circa 1689-1690
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3930

Michael Dahl, by Michael Dahl - NPG 3822

Michael Dahl

by Michael Dahl
oil on canvas, 1691
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3822

William Dampier, by Thomas Murray - NPG 538

William Dampier

by Thomas Murray
oil on canvas, circa 1697-1698
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 538

Pocahontas, published by William Richardson, after  Simon de Passe - NPG D5536

Pocahontas

published by William Richardson, after Simon de Passe
line engraving, published 10 August 1793 (1616)
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D5536