Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne

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

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne, attributed to Paul van Somer, probably after 1625 - NPG 6538 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne

attributed to Paul van Somer
oil on canvas, feigned oval, probably after 1625
29 3/4 in. x 23 3/4 in. (757 mm x 604 mm)
Purchased, 2000
Primary Collection
NPG 6538

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  • Paul van Somer (active 1670-1694), Etcher and engraver. Artist associated with 12 portraits.

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Mayerne's costume, a red robe like a Roman toga, suggests associations with classical antiquity and particularly with the learning of ancient Rome. The inscription around the painting, now partially lost, refers to his position as physician to James I and Charles I, and to his title as seigneur of Aubonne, a property he bought in Switzerland

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  • Edward Chaney and Timothy Wilks, The Jacobean grand tour : early Stuart travellers in Europe, 2014, p. 67
  • MacLeod, Catharine (preface, appreciation) Wilks, Timothy (introduction) Smuts, Malcolm (appreciation) MacGibbon, Rab (appendix), The Lost Prince: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart, 2012 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 18 October 2012 to 13 January 2013), p. 162
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 423

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