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John Wilkins

(1614-1672), Bishop of Chester

Sitter in 6 portraits
A Founder Fellow of the Royal Society and first Secretary, 1663-68. Wilkins was a Parliamentarian who prospered under the Commonwealth. He was appointed Master of Wadham College, Oxford, 1648, where he established an experimental science club which was the principle forerunner of the Royal Society. He married Oliver Cromwell's sister Robina in 1656. His political allegiance meant that he was dismissed from his posts at the Restoration but he soon re-established his position and was appointed Bishop of Chester in 1668. Wilkins was an active Fellow and published papers on astronomy, cryptography, a universal logical language and travelling to the moon.

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John Wilkins, after Mary Beale - NPG D29558

John Wilkins

after Mary Beale
line engraving, late 17th to early 18th century
NPG D29558

John Wilkins, by Robert White - NPG D29559

John Wilkins

by Robert White
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D29559

John Wilkins, by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after  Mary Beale - NPG D39236

John Wilkins

by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after Mary Beale
line engraving, (circa 1670)
NPG D39236

John Wilkins, by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after  Mary Beale - NPG D19054

John Wilkins

by Abraham Blooteling (Bloteling), after Mary Beale
line engraving, (circa 1670)
NPG D19054

John Wilkins, possibly by John Sturt, after  Mary Beale - NPG D29557

John Wilkins

possibly by John Sturt, after Mary Beale
line engraving, published 1691
NPG D29557

John Wilkins, after Mary Beale - NPG D29556

John Wilkins

after Mary Beale
line engraving, early to mid 18th century
NPG D29556

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