Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682), Physician; author of 'Religio Medici' and 'Urn Burial'
Sitter in 10 portraits
This meditative Norwich physician was the author of Religio Medici [A Doctor's Religion], 1642, a work of 'curious learning', poetic language and profound melancholy, which gained a European reputation. His Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Enquiries into Vulgar Errors appeared in 1646; the archaeological Urn Burial and mystical Garden of Cyrus in 1658. He affirmed his belief in witchcraft at a witch trial at Bury St Edmunds in 1664.
attributed to Joan Carlile
oil on panel, circa 1641-1650
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery