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John Ray

(1627-1705), Naturalist

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 13 portraits
Regarded as the father of natural history in this country, Ray's most important work was in the classification of plants. His Synopsis Methodica Stirpium Britannicatum, 1692, was the first systematic description of English flora, and remained unsurpassed until the work of Linnaeus. Ray also wrote a history and classification of insects.

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John Ray, by Unknown artist - NPG 563

John Ray

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1685-1690
On display in Room 6 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 563

John Ray, attributed to George Daniel Gaab - NPG 6077

John Ray

attributed to George Daniel Gaab
bronze medal, mid 18th century
NPG 6077

John Ray, by William Elder, after  William Faithorne - NPG D22912

John Ray

by William Elder, after William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1694-1732
NPG D22912

John Ray, by William Elder, after  William Faithorne - NPG D5591

John Ray

by William Elder, after William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1694-1732
NPG D5591

John Ray, by George Vertue, after  William Faithorne - NPG D22913

John Ray

by George Vertue, after William Faithorne
line engraving, 1713
NPG D22913

John Ray, after William Faithorne - NPG D31153

John Ray

after William Faithorne
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D31153

John Ray, by Henry Meyer, after  Unknown artist - NPG D31155

John Ray

by Henry Meyer, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, early 19th century
NPG D31155

John Ray with 'Britannia crowning Ray as the Prince of English Botanists', by William Holl Sr, published by  Robert John Thornton, after  Thomas Uwins, and after  Unknown artist - NPG D34356

John Ray with 'Britannia crowning Ray as the Prince of English Botanists'

by William Holl Sr, published by Robert John Thornton, after Thomas Uwins, and after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1 August 1804
NPG D34356

John Ray with 'Britannia crowning Ray as the Prince of English Botanists', by William Holl Sr, published by  Robert John Thornton, after  Thomas Uwins, and after  Unknown artist - NPG D39221

John Ray with 'Britannia crowning Ray as the Prince of English Botanists'

by William Holl Sr, published by Robert John Thornton, after Thomas Uwins, and after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1 August 1804
NPG D39221

John Ray, by John Roffe, after  Unknown artist - NPG D31154

John Ray

by John Roffe, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1820
NPG D31154

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John Ray

by William Elder, after William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1694-1732
NPG D5592

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John Ray

by William Elder, after William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1694-1732
NPG D5593

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John Ray

by William Elder, after William Faithorne
line engraving, published 1694-1732
NPG D5594

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