Dorothy and Sir Thomas Browne

Sir Thomas was a physician who practiced in Norwich and a published author. His text Religio Medici was well respected and a bestseller.  Dorothy came from a Norfolk family and bore eleven children, six of whom survived to adulthood.  She is wearing a white or possibly pale blue bodice,  low cut to show the fine linen and lace edges of her smock. Her coif is also lace edged. Sir Thomas is wearing a smart black doublet and plain collar with a subtle set of strings to hold it together. They were painted by Joan Carlile sometime during the 1640s and the image is © National Portrait Gallery, London


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2 Responses to “Dorothy and Sir Thomas Browne”

  1. It seems to be a wedding picture, and also to reference the Allegro = Penseroso (Cheerfulness and Thoughtfulness) duality which was a big thing at the time. Joan Carlile was married to a warder of Windsor Park.


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