John Fletcher

1 portrait on display in Room 4 at the National Portrait Gallery

John Fletcher, by Unknown artist, circa 1620 - NPG 6829 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Fletcher

by Unknown artist
oil on oak panel, circa 1620
36 1/8 in. x 28 in. (918 mm x 710 mm)
Purchased with help from the Portrait Fund, the Art Fund, L.L. Brownrigg, Sir Harry Djanogly, Laurence Chase, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Fletcher tearooms at Rye, E.A. Whitehead, the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, Mrs A. Campbell, the Pidem Fund, proceeds of the 150th anniversary portrait gala, and numerous supporters of a public appeal, 2008
Primary Collection
NPG 6829


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  • John Fletcher (1579-1625), Dramatist. Sitter associated with 14 portraits.

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This is the only known portrait of Fletcher from life. The verse written on the paper beside him pays a compliment to his wit and expresses conventional sentiments about the inability of painting, as opposed to poetry, to convey the mind of the sitter.

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