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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

(1561-1626), Philosopher and Lord Chancellor

Sitter associated with 63 portraits
A lawyer, philosopher, essayist and scientist, Bacon was one of the great intellectual figures of Jacobean England. He was appointed Lord Chancellor in 1618, but was impeached for bribery three years later and confessed to 'corruption' and 'neglect', ending his political career. He spent the rest of his life in retirement, to devote himself to scientific research, which has led him to be regarded as the father of experimental science in this country. He published Essays (1597), Advancement of Learning (1605), Novum Organum (1620) and many other works.

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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by Nicholas Hilliard - NPG 6761

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by Nicholas Hilliard
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum laid on card, 1578
On display in Room 3: miniature case at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6761

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by John Vanderbank, after  Unknown artist - NPG 1904

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by John Vanderbank, after Unknown artist
oil on canvas, 1731 (circa 1618)
NPG 1904

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by John Vanderbank, after  Unknown artist - NPG 520

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by John Vanderbank, after Unknown artist
oil on canvas, 1731? (circa 1618)
NPG 520

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by Unknown artist - NPG 1288

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, after 1731 (circa 1618)
On display in the Long Gallery at Montacute House
NPG 1288

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by Elkington & Co, cast by  Domenico Brucciani, after  Unknown artist - NPG 408

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by Elkington & Co, cast by Domenico Brucciani, after Unknown artist
electrotype, circa 1875 (1630s)
NPG 408

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by Unknown artist - NPG D21292

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by Unknown artist
etching, early 17th century
NPG D21292

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by Simon de Passe - NPG D26070

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by Simon de Passe
line engraving, early 17th century
NPG D26070

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, after Unknown artist - NPG D26074

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D26074

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, after Simon de Passe - NPG D21283

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

after Simon de Passe
line engraving, after 1626
NPG D21283

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, after Simon de Passe - NPG D21284

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

after Simon de Passe
line engraving, after 1626
NPG D21284

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by Crispijn de Passe the Younger, after  Simon de Passe - NPG D21291

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by Crispijn de Passe the Younger, after Simon de Passe
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D21291

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by Simon de Passe - NPG D21282

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by Simon de Passe
line engraving, published 1638
NPG D21282

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, after Simon de Passe - NPG D26068

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

after Simon de Passe
line engraving, published circa 1638
NPG D26068

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, after Simon de Passe - NPG D19730

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

after Simon de Passe
engraving, published circa 1638
NPG D19730

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by William Marshall, after  Simon de Passe - NPG D27996

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by William Marshall, after Simon de Passe
line engraving, 1640
NPG D27996

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by William Marshall, after  Simon de Passe - NPG D5878

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by William Marshall, after Simon de Passe
line engraving, 1640
NPG D5878

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by Frederick Hendrik van Hove, after  Simon de Passe - NPG D21285

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by Frederick Hendrik van Hove, after Simon de Passe
line engraving, circa 1650-1690
NPG D21285

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by Frederick Hendrik van Hove, after  Simon de Passe - NPG D26069

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by Frederick Hendrik van Hove, after Simon de Passe
line engraving, circa 1650-1690
NPG D26069

Eminent Lawyers, by Thomas Cross - NPG D26093

Eminent Lawyers

by Thomas Cross
line engraving, published 1655
NPG D26093

Royal Society London, by Wenceslaus Hollar, after  John Evelyn - NPG D30335

Royal Society London

by Wenceslaus Hollar, after John Evelyn
etching, 1667
NPG D30335

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by Wenceslaus Hollar, after  Simon de Passe - NPG D21288

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by Wenceslaus Hollar, after Simon de Passe
etching, 1676 (1627)
NPG D21288

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, after Simon de Passe - NPG D21290

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

after Simon de Passe
line engraving and etching, 18th century
NPG D21290

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by Michael Vandergucht, after  Simon de Passe - NPG D21289

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by Michael Vandergucht, after Simon de Passe
line engraving, 1713
NPG D21289

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by Michael Vandergucht, after  Simon de Passe - NPG D26067

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by Michael Vandergucht, after Simon de Passe
line engraving, 1713
NPG D26067

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by George Vertue, after  Paul van Somer - NPG D16251

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by George Vertue, after Paul van Somer
line engraving, 1728
NPG D16251

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by George Vertue, after  Paul van Somer - NPG D16252

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by George Vertue, after Paul van Somer
line engraving, 1728
NPG D16252

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by George Vertue, after  Paul van Somer - NPG D16253

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by George Vertue, after Paul van Somer
line engraving, 1728
NPG D16253

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, probably by Martin Tyroff, after  Simon de Passe - NPG D21287

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

probably by Martin Tyroff, after Simon de Passe
line engraving, mid 18th century?
NPG D21287

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by George Vertue, after  Paul van Somer - NPG D16249

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by George Vertue, after Paul van Somer
line engraving, 1734
NPG D16249

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by George Vertue, after  Paul van Somer - NPG D16250

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by George Vertue, after Paul van Somer
line engraving, 1734
NPG D16250

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, after Jacobus Houbraken - NPG D26077

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

after Jacobus Houbraken
line engraving, (1738)
NPG D26077

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, after Unknown artist - NPG D26075

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

after Unknown artist
line engraving, late 18th century
NPG D26075

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by John Chapman, published by  John Wilkes - NPG D16255

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by John Chapman, published by John Wilkes
stipple engraving printed in colours, published 10 February 1798
NPG D16255

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by John Chapman, published by  John Wilkes - NPG D16254

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by John Chapman, published by John Wilkes
stipple engraving printed in colours, published 10 February 1798
NPG D16254

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, after Unknown artist - NPG D26076

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly early 19th century
NPG D26076

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by William Walker - NPG D26078

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by William Walker
line engraving, early 19th century
NPG D26078

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by C. Blackberd, published by  Robert Bowyer - NPG D19822

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by C. Blackberd, published by Robert Bowyer
line engraving, published March 1800
NPG D19822

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by James Fittler, after  Paul van Somer - NPG D14035

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by James Fittler, after Paul van Somer
line engraving, published 1803
NPG D14035

Monument to Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban in St. Michael's Church, St. Albans, by George Cooke, published by  Vernor, Hood & Sharpe, after  George Shepheard - NPG D26072

Monument to Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban in St. Michael's Church, St. Albans

by George Cooke, published by Vernor, Hood & Sharpe, after George Shepheard
line engraving, published 1 May 1806
NPG D26072

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by Henry Bone, after  Unknown artist - NPG D17100

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by Henry Bone, after Unknown artist
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, before 1815
NPG D17100

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by William Henry Worthington, after  Nicholas Hilliard - NPG D26071

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by William Henry Worthington, after Nicholas Hilliard
line engraving, circa 1825
NPG D26071

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by William Henry Worthington, published by  William Pickering, after  Nicholas Hilliard - NPG D5879

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by William Henry Worthington, published by William Pickering, after Nicholas Hilliard
line engraving, published 1825
NPG D5879

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by William Henry Worthington, published by  William Pickering, after  Nicholas Hilliard - NPG D5880

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by William Henry Worthington, published by William Pickering, after Nicholas Hilliard
line engraving, published 1825
NPG D5880

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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by William Marshall, after Simon de Passe
line engraving, 1640
NPG D21281

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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by William Marshall, after Simon de Passe
line engraving, 1640
NPG D39994

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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by Frederick Hendrik van Hove, after Simon de Passe
line engraving, circa 1650-1690
NPG D21286

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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by Frederick Hendrik van Hove, after Simon de Passe
line engraving, circa 1650-1690
NPG D20313

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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by Wenceslaus Hollar
etching, 1670
NPG D19734

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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by George Vertue, after Paul van Somer
line engraving, 1728
NPG D20251

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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
etching, published 1738
NPG D39991

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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, published 1738
NPG D42898

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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by C. Blackberd, published by Robert Bowyer
line engraving, published March 1800
NPG D39989

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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

after Unknown artist
line engraving, possibly 19th century
NPG D39990

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