Zacharias Bogan

I like this picture mainly because of the sitter’s unfeasibly 17th century name and the fact that it looks like one of those portraits in Scooby Doo where the eyes are cut out and the bad guy watches Scooby and Shaggy from a hidden passage. Having given away my age, I can also tell you that Zacharias, or Zacary was an Oxford classical scholar from Devon who broke his studies whilst the town was occupied by the King’s army, only returning to finish his BA in 1646. He is clad in his college gown and black day cap. One nice detail is the fineness of his falling band. You can see the right hand edge through the left hand overlap. Always a sign of quality. The picture hangs in Oxford Town Hall and is credited to “Shorter”

Zacharias Bogan

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