An unknown Clergyman
An unknown Clergyman
An unknown Clergyman
An unknown Clergyman

THOMAS FLATMAN (1635-1688)

An unknown Clergyman

1680 United Kingdom

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Wearing a black doublet, and fine white lace lawn collar, full-bottomed wig, cave and sky background
set in the original frame with spiral cresting

Flatman was the son of a clerk in Chancery and was born in Aldersgate Street and educated at Winchester College. He went on to study at New College, Oxford. He was later called to the bar in 1662 although he seems never to have practiced as a lawyer. He was a staunch Royalist and one of his poems was to celebrate the return of Charles II in 1660 after the collapse of the Cromwellian Commonwealth.

Among his earliest verses are lines prefixed to Graphice (1658) by Sir William Sanderson (the Sanderson Baronets), a work containing a description of the art of miniature painting, based on Edward Norgate's writings. Flatman divided his career between writing poetry (in which his earnest religious temperament is revealed) and painting portraits in miniature. A versatile man, he was made a Fellow of the newly founded Royal Society in 1668. A number of his friends were leading clergymen, and many of his sitters were drawn from the Church and other intellectual circles.
Minor spot of loss of paint at the border at 10 o'clock. Wear to the border of the frame.
Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published, 2009), pp 7, 26 (# 73).
Height 7.20 cm (2.83 inches)
Stock Code
on vellum
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