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Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery

Science and the Arts in the 17th Century

Although the seventeenth century was a period of huge civil and political disruption, it was also a time of great achievements in science and the arts. The portraits in this room include those of writers, scientists, painters and patrons from throughout the century. Distinctions between fields were not drawn in the same way at this period as they are today, and many of the sitters in these portraits were involved in both artistic and scientific activities.

Room introduction

See also: The Room 6 miniature case at the National Portrait Gallery

11 portraits on display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne, attributed to Paul van Somer - NPG 6538

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne

attributed to Paul van Somer
oil on canvas, feigned oval, probably after 1625
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6538

William Harvey, attributed to Daniel Mytens - NPG 5115

William Harvey

attributed to Daniel Mytens
oil on canvas, circa 1627
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5115

John Milton, by Unknown artist - NPG 4222

John Milton

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1629
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4222

Sir Anthony van Dyck, by Sir Anthony van Dyck - NPG 6987

Sir Anthony van Dyck

by Sir Anthony van Dyck
oil on canvas, circa 1640
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6987

John Evelyn, by Robert Walker - NPG 6179

John Evelyn

by Robert Walker
oil on canvas, 1648-circa 1656
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6179

Sir Peter Lely, by Sir Peter Lely - NPG 3897

Sir Peter Lely

by Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, circa 1660
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3897

Mary Beale, by Mary Beale - NPG 1687

Mary Beale

by Mary Beale
oil on canvas, circa 1666
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1687

Isaac Fuller, by Isaac Fuller - NPG 2104

Isaac Fuller

by Isaac Fuller
oil on canvas, circa 1670
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2104

John Bunyan, by Thomas Sadler - NPG 1311

John Bunyan

by Thomas Sadler
oil on canvas, 1684
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1311

Robert Boyle, after Johann Kerseboom - NPG 3930

Robert Boyle

after Johann Kerseboom
oil on canvas, based on a work of circa 1689-1690
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3930

Gwen John, by Gwen John - NPG 4439

Gwen John

by Gwen John
oil on canvas, circa 1900
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4439