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René Descartes

(1596-1650), French philosopher and mathematician

Sitter in 10 portraits

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René Descartes, by Unknown artist - NPG D13134

René Descartes

by Unknown artist
line engraving, 17th century
NPG D13134

René Descartes, after Unknown artist - NPG D28638

René Descartes

after Unknown artist
line engraving, mid 17th century
NPG D28638

René Descartes, by Nicolas de Larmessin - NPG D28641

René Descartes

by Nicolas de Larmessin
line engraving, mid to late 17th century
NPG D28641

René Descartes, after Unknown artist - NPG D28642

René Descartes

after Unknown artist
etching, mid 17th century
NPG D28642

René Descartes, by Franciscus van Schooten - NPG D28636

René Descartes

by Franciscus van Schooten
line engraving, 1644
NPG D28636

René Descartes, by Jacques Lubin, after  Frans Hals - NPG D28637

René Descartes

by Jacques Lubin, after Frans Hals
line engraving, late 17th century (1649)
NPG D28637

René Descartes, after Unknown artist - NPG D28639

René Descartes

after Unknown artist
line engraving, late 17th to early 18th century
NPG D28639

René Descartes, after Unknown artist - NPG D28640

René Descartes

after Unknown artist
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D28640

René Descartes, by Lucien Butavand, after  Frans Hals - NPG D3646

René Descartes

by Lucien Butavand, after Frans Hals
line engraving, 1835
NPG D3646

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René Descartes

by Duhamel, published by Esnauts et Rapilly
line engraving, published circa 1774-1784
NPG D15588



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