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Sir John Harman

(1625?-1673), Admiral

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Sir John Harman was one of a breed of captains, who came to be called 'tarpaulins' and who had learnt their skills on the job, rather than by gaining commissions as gentleman officers. Harman served with great distinction in the Dutch wars of 1665-7 and again in 1672-4 where he was seriously wounded on both occasions.

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Sir John Harman, studio of Sir Peter Lely - NPG 1419

Sir John Harman

studio of Sir Peter Lely
oil on canvas, based on a work of circa 1666
NPG 1419


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David Bugler

30 November 2015, 01:02

He has an entry in DNB (1885-1900, v.24 p.410-1) which more or less copies the entry in Charnock's Biographia Navalis. I also note that the portrait's inscription (lower left) gives the date 1673, which - unless it was added later - dates the portrait, since he died in that year.