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Robert Boyle

(1627-1691), Chemist and natural philosopher

Sitter associated with 22 portraits
A natural philosopher, chemist and theologian, Boyle discovered 'Boyle's Law' of the pressure and volume of gases; his scientific writings brought him a European reputation. He attacked the traditional belief that matter was composed of the four elements, and was a founder member of the Royal Society. By his will he founded the 'Boyle lectures' to illustrate the harmony between science and religion.

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Robert Boyle, after Johann Kerseboom - NPG 734

Robert Boyle

after Johann Kerseboom
oil on canvas, feigned oval, (circa 1689-1690)
NPG 734

Robert Boyle, after Johann Kerseboom - NPG 3930

Robert Boyle

after Johann Kerseboom
oil on canvas, (circa 1689-1690)
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3930

Robert Boyle, by William Faithorne - NPG D22648

Robert Boyle

by William Faithorne
line engraving, 1664
NPG D22648

Robert Boyle, by Michael Vandergucht, after  Johann Kerseboom - NPG D30344

Robert Boyle

by Michael Vandergucht, after Johann Kerseboom
line engraving, late 17th to early 18th century
NPG D30344

Robert Boyle, by Robert White, after  Johann Kerseboom - NPG D30345

Robert Boyle

by Robert White, after Johann Kerseboom
line engraving, late 17th to early 18th century
NPG D30345

Robert Boyle, after Johann Kerseboom - NPG D30348

Robert Boyle

after Johann Kerseboom
line engraving, late 17th to early 18th century
NPG D30348

Robert Boyle, by Robert White, after  Johann Kerseboom - NPG D16244

Robert Boyle

by Robert White, after Johann Kerseboom
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D16244

Robert Boyle, by John Smith, published by  Edward Cooper, after  Johann Kerseboom - NPG D780

Robert Boyle

by John Smith, published by Edward Cooper, after Johann Kerseboom
mezzotint, 1689 (1689)
NPG D780

Robert Boyle, by John Smith, after  Johann Kerseboom - NPG D781

Robert Boyle

by John Smith, after Johann Kerseboom
mezzotint, 1689 (1689)
NPG D781

Robert Boyle, by Pieter Schenck, after  Johann Kerseboom - NPG D782

Robert Boyle

by Pieter Schenck, after Johann Kerseboom
mezzotint, (circa 1689-1690)
NPG D782

Robert Boyle, by John Faber Jr, after  Unknown artist - NPG D783

Robert Boyle

by John Faber Jr, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, (circa 1689-1690)
NPG D783

Robert Boyle, by John Faber Jr, after  Unknown artist - NPG D784

Robert Boyle

by John Faber Jr, after Unknown artist
mezzotint, (circa 1689-1690)
NPG D784

Robert Boyle, by John Faber Jr, published by  Thomas Bowles Sr - NPG D30346

Robert Boyle

by John Faber Jr, published by Thomas Bowles Sr
mezzotint, early 18th century
NPG D30346

Robert Boyle, by George Vertue, after  Johann Kerseboom - NPG D32051

Robert Boyle

by George Vertue, after Johann Kerseboom
line engraving, 1739
NPG D32051

Robert Boyle, by George Vertue, after  Johann Kerseboom - NPG D32052

Robert Boyle

by George Vertue, after Johann Kerseboom
line engraving, 1739
NPG D32052

Robert Boyle, by George Vertue, after  Johann Kerseboom, published by  John & Paul Knapton - NPG D30347

Robert Boyle

by George Vertue, after Johann Kerseboom, published by John & Paul Knapton
line engraving, published 1740
NPG D30347

Robert Boyle, by Bernard Baron, after  Johann Kerseboom - NPG D30343

Robert Boyle

by Bernard Baron, after Johann Kerseboom
line engraving, published 1744
NPG D30343

Robert Boyle, by John Chapman, after  Johann Kerseboom - NPG D10729

Robert Boyle

by John Chapman, after Johann Kerseboom
stipple engraving, published 1800
NPG D10729

Unknown man formerly called Robert Boyle, by William Holl Sr, or by  William Holl Jr, after  Unknown artist - NPG D32053

Unknown man formerly called Robert Boyle

by William Holl Sr, or by William Holl Jr, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1833
NPG D32053

Robert Boyle, by Richard Woodman, after  Johann Kerseboom - NPG D32054

Robert Boyle

by Richard Woodman, after Johann Kerseboom
stipple engraving, 1833
NPG D32054

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