Monday, 7 May 2018

Thomas Sydenham MD. A bust by John Cheere, Codrington Library



The Codrington Library Plaster Busts by John Cheere

All Souls College, Oxford University.

Part 19. Thomas Sydenham. M.D.

The 'Father of English Medicine'. The 'English Hippocrates'.

Fellow of All Souls.

For an informative and useful biography see - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Sydenham


This is so far the only bust in this series that I have discovered that has been duplicated elsewhere.

There is another version at the Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge.





Thomas Sydenham.
A Blooteling (1640 - 90).

engraving after Mary Beale (1633 - 99).

15.2 x 9.5 cma
1676.

Image Courtesy National Galleries Scotland.


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Thomas Sydenham M.D.
A. Nagtegael.
Engraving after Mary Beale (1633 - 99).
12.7 x 8cmms
late 17th Century.

Image courtesy National Galleries Scotland
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Thomas Sydenham, after Sir Peter Lely, published by  John Hinton, mid 18th century - NPG D30042 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Thomas Sydenham
Engraving after Lely
Mid 18th Century?

177 x 95 mm
National Portrait Gallery


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Thomas Sydenham
After the original by Lely (1618 - 80) in the Possession of John Sydenham
Jacob Houbraken
Engraving from Birch's Heads. Published by Knapton 1747.
373 x 240 mm.
1746.
Image courtesy British Museum


This engraving is the closest to the bust by John Cheere illustrated below - the folds of the lace neckerchief are very similar.



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Thomas Sydenham (1624–1689)


Thomas Sydenham M.D.
Anonymous Artist.
Oil on Canvas.
76.3 x 63.6 cms.

Wellcome Collection, London

Image Courtesy Art UK.
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Thomas Sydenham (1624–1689)


Thomas Sydenham
 Mary Beale (1633 - 99).
Oil on Canvas
76.2 x 63.5 cms


Gift from William Sydenham in 1691 to the Royal College of Physicians.


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Thomas Sydenham (1624–1689)




Thomas Sydenham
Copy after Mary Beale (1633 - 99).
Oil on Canvas
76.2 x 53.5 cms
Gift to the Royal College of Physicians 1747 by Theodore Sydenham.

Image courtesy Art UK.


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Thomas Sydenham (1624–1689)


Thomas Sydenham MD.
John Wollaston (1672 - 1749)
Oil on Canvas
74.5 x 61.5

Gift to the Bodleian Library by Humphrey Bartholemew in 1735.


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Thomas Sydenham (1624–1689)



Thomas Sydenham M.D.
Mary Beale
Oil on Canvas
76.2 x 63.5 cms
Royal College of Physicians.
 Given by Mr Bayford in 1842.



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Thomas Sydenham. M.D.
Mary Beale.
Oil on canvas.
762 x 610 mm.
1688.

National Portrait Gallery.



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The 1746 engraving by Jacob Houbraken above described as after Lely but perhaps more likely after Mary Beale is the closest to the bust by John Cheere illustrated below - the folds of the lace neckerchief are very similar.





































All photographs above taken by the author at the Codrington Library, All Souls College, Oxford.



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Thomas Sydenham M.D.
John Cheere
Life Size Plaster Bust
Wren Library, Trinity College Cambridge.






















All photographs above taken by the author.

With grateful thanks to Nicolas Bell, Librarian at the Wren Library for all his assistance.




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