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Robert Vaughan (circa 1600-circa 1660s), Artist
Sitter in 4 portraits
Artist associated with 77 portraits
A versatile line engraver, producing portraits, maps, bookplates, series of prints and the occasional broadsheet. His portraits ranged from leaders such as Sir Francis Drake to contemporaries, including the lawyer Sir George Croke. Vaughan may have been interested in alchemical magic: Elias Ashmole's Theatrum chemicum Britannicum (1652), an anthology of poems on alchemy, is illustrated with Vaughan's engravings, and throughout his working life he was associated with the alchemist poet Thomas Vaughan. In 1651, Vaughan, a royalist supporter during the civil wars, was indicted by the Commonwealth authorities for publishing a portrait print of the recently executed King, Charles I.