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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

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