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This is one of a pair of paintings (see CWLF 127, 406900) depicting a collector surrounded by his possessions and an physician in his laboratory. Both works consciously perpetuate the tradition of David Teniers, who specialised in alchemists and collector

Objects and paintings illustrating the changing perception and use of medicine

After Sir Peter Lely (1618-80)

Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne (1573-1655) c. 1650-60

RCIN 406094

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Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne was a celebrated French physician who arrived in England in 1606. He was appointed Physician to Queen Anne of Denmark, consort of James VI and I, and in 1611 he became Royal Physician to the King himself. He was later Physician to Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria. The doctor is chiefly remembered for his influence on medical administration.