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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.

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2062

Lady Dorothy Browne (née Mileham); Sir Thomas Browne

attributed to Joan Carlile
oil on panel, circa 1641-1650
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2062

1969

Sir Thomas Browne

after Robert White
plumbago on vellum, late 17th century
NPG 1969

D27273

Sir Thomas Browne

after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1669
NPG D27273

D19790

Sir Thomas Browne

by Unknown artist
engraving, published 1669
NPG D19790

D30050

Sir Thomas Browne

by Frederick Hendrik van Hove
line engraving, published 1672
NPG D30050

D30051

Sir Thomas Browne

by Peter Vanderbank (Vandrebanc)
line engraving, published 1683
NPG D30051

D19702

Sir Thomas Browne

by Peter Vanderbank (Vandrebanc)
engraving, published 1683
NPG D19702

D23495

Sir Thomas Browne

by Robert White
line engraving, published 1686
NPG D23495

D30052

Sir Thomas Browne

by Robert White
line engraving, published 1686
NPG D30052

D30049

Sir Thomas Browne

by Thomas Trotter, published by William Richardson
line engraving, published 1798
NPG D30049