Early Stuart Portraits Catalogue
Robert Boyle (1627-1691), Chemist and natural philosopher
‘He is very tall (about six feet high) and streight, very temperate, and vertuose, and frugall: a batcheler’ (Aubrey)
‘He was rather tall & slender of stature than otherwise; for the most part valetudiniary, pale & much emaciated; nor unlike his picture in the R. Society; which, with an almost impudent importunity was hardly extorted, or rather stolen, from Sr Edmond King: after he had refused it to his nearest relations’ (Evelyn, 23 March 1696; R. E. W. Maddison, ‘The Portraiture of Robert Boyle’, Annals of Science, XV, 1962, p 164: Boyle Add MS 4229 f.59r).
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