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Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne (1573-1655), Physician and chemist

Sitter in 9 portraits
Probably the most famous and admired physician in Europe in his lifetime, Mayerne worked in Paris before his appointment as principal physician to James I in 1611. His patients included members of the royal family and most of the court. He was knighted in 1624 and his appointment was renewed by Charles I. A practising experimental chemist and friend of artists, he wrote an important manuscript describing the media and techniques of contemporary artists. His most significant medical legacy was a huge quantity of detailed diagnostic notes.

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6538

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, feigned oval, probably after 1625
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6538

1652

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne

after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
oil on canvas, (circa 1630)
NPG 1652

3066

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne

attributed to Jean Petitot
enamel on copper, 1640s?
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3066

D27272

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne

by John Simon, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
mezzotint, circa 1630
NPG D27272

D29016

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne

after François Diodati
line engraving, mid to late 17th century
NPG D29016

D5236

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne

by John Simon, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
mezzotint, (circa 1630)
NPG D5236

D19704

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne

by John Simon, after Sir Peter Paul Rubens
mezzotint, (circa 1630)
NPG D19704

D29018

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne

by William Elder, after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1654
NPG D29018

D7649

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne

by William Elder, after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1654
NPG D7649