Portrait of Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne (1573-1655)
Portrait of Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne (1573-1655)
Portrait of Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne (1573-1655)
Portrait of Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne (1573-1655)

Portrait of Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne (1573-1655)

1600 to 1700 England

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Portrait of Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne. 17th century oil on canvas, in a wooden frame with gilt highlights.

This seventeenth century portrait is of both historical and medical importance. The sitter is Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne, doctor to King James 1st and also to King Charles 1st. It dates from the subjects lifetime and is ready to hang and enjoy, having been professionally restored by Simon Gillespie and framed by Anthony Gregg

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne
Born into a Huguenot family in Geneva Sir Theodore studied in Geneva, Heidelberg and Montpellier where he received his doctorate in 1597. In 1600 French royal physician Jean Ribit de la Rivière (1571–1605) sponsored him to become one of the personal physicians, physician in ordinary, of the king Henri IV. When Henri IV was murdered in 1610, Mayerne moved to England, again by invitation.
In 1611 he became first physician of James I and his queen and also treated most members of the royal court, including Sir Robert Cecil and Henry Frederick, Prince of WalesIn 1616 Mayerne was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and his patients ranged from John Donne to Oliver Cromwell and he treated the latter for a variety of physical and emotional symptoms, including a severe depression. In response to the Plague of 1630, Theodore suggested the institution of a centralized 'Office of Health', with free royal hospitals, trained officials, and regulatory power.

His influence on the administration of medicine - including the first suggestion of socialized medicine in England, and the standardisation of chemical cures, has been widely recognised. He made chemical and physical experiments, created pigments and cosmetics, introduced calomel to medical use and created black-wash (lotio nigra). Sir Theodore died in 1655 and his papers are kept in the Royal College of Physicians.

Provenance – For many years in the collection of the Coventry family at Norris Castle Isle of Wight

Measurements: 63.5 cm x 75 cm (unframed)

Excellent and ready to display
The Coventry family of Norris Castle, Isle of Wight
Height 75.00 cm (29.53 inches)
Width 63.00 cm (24.80 inches)
Oil on canvas (original stretcher present)
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North Yorkshire
United Kingdom

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