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William Harvey

(1578-1657), Physician, discovered the circulation of the blood

Sitter in 19 portraits
Court physician to James I and Charles I, Harvey is best known for his discovery of the principle of blood circulation. His De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis (On the Movement of the Heart and Blood), published in 1628, identified the heart as a pump, central to the flow of blood. Harvey also conducted work in embryology and argued that life arose from the egg and was not spontaneously generated as previously thought. He was described as 'hot-headed, and his thoughts working would many times keep him from sleeping'.

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William Harvey, attributed to Daniel Mytens - NPG 5115

William Harvey

attributed to Daniel Mytens
oil on canvas, circa 1627
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5115

William Harvey, possibly after Richard Gaywood - NPG 60

William Harvey

possibly after Richard Gaywood
oil on canvas, (circa 1649)
NPG 60

William Harvey, by William Faithorne - NPG D22767

William Harvey

by William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1653
NPG D22767

William Harvey, by William Faithorne - NPG D22768

William Harvey

by William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1653
NPG D22768

William Harvey, by William Faithorne - NPG D22769

William Harvey

by William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1653 or after
NPG D22769

William Harvey, by William Faithorne - NPG D27265

William Harvey

by William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1653
NPG D27265

William Harvey, by Richard Gaywood, probably after  Francis Barlow - NPG D43293

William Harvey

by Richard Gaywood, probably after Francis Barlow
etching, circa 1660
NPG D43293

William Harvey, after Wilhelm von Bemmel, published by  John Hinton - NPG D27266

William Harvey

after Wilhelm von Bemmel, published by John Hinton
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D27266

William Harvey, after Unknown artist - NPG D27268

William Harvey

after Unknown artist
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D27268

William Harvey, by Jacobus Houbraken, published by  John & Paul Knapton, after  Wilhelm von Bemmel - NPG D27271

William Harvey

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Wilhelm von Bemmel
line engraving, 1739
NPG D27271

William Harvey, by Jacobus Houbraken, published by  John & Paul Knapton, after  Wilhelm von Bemmel - NPG D35554

William Harvey

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Wilhelm von Bemmel
line engraving, 1739
NPG D35554

William Harvey, after Wilhelm von Bemmel - NPG D3232

William Harvey

after Wilhelm von Bemmel
line engraving, 1750s-1770s
NPG D3232

William Harvey, probably after Peter Scheemakers - NPG D18820

William Harvey

probably after Peter Scheemakers
line engraving, (circa 1750-1775)
NPG D18820

William Harvey, by Philipp Audinet, after  Wilhelm von Bemmel - NPG D27269

William Harvey

by Philipp Audinet, after Wilhelm von Bemmel
line engraving, published 1795
NPG D27269

William Harvey, by Samuel Freeman - NPG D27267

William Harvey

by Samuel Freeman
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D27267

William Harvey, by Edward Scriven, after  Cornelius Johnson - NPG D27270

William Harvey

by Edward Scriven, after Cornelius Johnson
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D27270

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William Harvey

by Jacobus Houbraken, published by John & Paul Knapton, after Wilhelm von Bemmel
line engraving, published 1739 (1739)
NPG D42906

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William Harvey

by Sir George Scharf, after R. Gaywood
pencil on tracing paper, 1859
NPG D2198

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William Harvey

by Unknown engraver
line engraving
NPG D19143

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