Portrait of a Physician

The pose matches that of Kneller's 1690 portrait of the shipbuilder Sir Anthony Deane holding a drawing of a ship (National Portrait Gallery). An attribution to Mary Beale has been suggested independently by Allen, K. Hearn and T. Barber (verbal communications, 1997). The sitter holds an anatomical drawing and this has suggested an identification with the physician-poet Sir Richard Blackmore (d.1729), to whom he bears some resemblance (cf. John Closterman, cat. exh. National Portrait Gallery, 1981, no.13). There is also perhaps some resemblance to the physician Sir Edmund King (1629-1709).

Currently on display

Artist
Attributed to Mary Beale
Date
Late 17th Century
Location
Gallery 13 - South Wall
Dimensions
75.9 x 63.5 cm
Materials
Oil on canvas
Acquisition
Bequest of H. Margaret Spanton, 1934
Accession number
DPG611