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William Harvey

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William Harvey, attributed to Daniel Mytens, circa 1627 - NPG 5115 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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William Harvey

attributed to Daniel Mytens
oil on canvas, circa 1627
28 1/2 in. x 24 in. (724 mm x 610 mm) oval
Purchased with help from the Department of the History of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Jacob Zeitlin and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, 1976
Primary Collection
NPG 5115

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  • William Harvey (1578-1657), Physician, discovered the circulation of the blood. Sitter in 19 portraits.

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  • Daniel Mytens (circa 1590-1647), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 52 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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