John Tradescant the Younger

1 portrait on display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery

John Tradescant the Younger, attributed to Thomas De Critz, 1652 - NPG 1089 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Tradescant the Younger

attributed to Thomas De Critz
oil on canvas, 1652
31 1/2 in. x 24 in. (800 mm x 610 mm)
Purchased, 1897
Primary Collection
NPG 1089

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The moss growing on the skull in the portrait is probably in allusion to the belief that a powder made 'out of the mosse of a man's scull' was 'a soveraine remedy for the falling sickness (epilepsy)'.

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