Sir John Chardin

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Sir John Chardin, by Unknown artist, 1700-1705 - NPG 5161 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir John Chardin

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, 1700-1705
53 1/4 in. x 53 1/8 in. (1352 mm x 1349 mm)
Purchased, 1977
Primary Collection
NPG 5161


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  • Sir John Chardin (1643-1712), Merchant-adventurer and orientalist. Sitter in 5 portraits.

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Chardin, the son of a wealthy merchant jeweller, was born in Paris where he followed in his father's trade. In 1664-70 he travelled as a jewel merchant through Turkey to Persia and India and, on his return to Paris, published an account of his experiences as the jewel agent of Solyman III. Chardin made his second visit to the East in 1671 and, six years later, returned to Europe by way of the Cape of Good Hope. He went on to publish three volumes detailing his experiences and adventures. In 1681 Chardin moved to London in order to escape the persecution of Protestants in France and was soon after appointed court jeweller. This portrait of him is likely to have been painted in London and depicts Chardin with a black page.

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