Sir John Harman

1 portrait of Sir John Harman

Sir John Harman, studio of Sir Peter Lely, (circa 1666) - NPG 1419 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir John Harman

studio of Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, (circa 1666)
49 in. x 40 in. (1245 mm x 1016 mm)
Purchased, 1905
Primary Collection
NPG 1419


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  • Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 829 portraits, Sitter in 18 portraits.

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Harman was knighted and promoted to rear-admiral after the action against the Dutch off Lowestoft, where he commanded the Royal Charles, the flagship of James, Duke of York (later James II). He gained great renown in the Dutch war of 1673 despite the claim that 'he was weak and sick' and was said to have had 'a chair up on the quarterdeck and to have sat unmoved in the storm of shot'. As a result of his share in this action he was promoted to Admiral of the Red but did not live to take command of his fleet. The original portrait of which this is a fine copy, probably by Lely's studio, was one of the series of portraits of the Flagmen commissioned by James. On the left in the distance is a seascape showing a ship, which is firing a broadside, flying the cross of St George.

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  • Ollard, Richard, Character Sketches: Samuel Pepys and His Circle, 2000, p. 19
  • Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 157
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 282

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