Sir Hans Sloane - Artists unknown

Stephen Slaughter (1697-1765)
Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753), undated.
Oil on canvas, 93 x 81 cm.

This portrait possibly by Stephen Slaughter shows one of the most influential people in the history of natural history. Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) was an enthusiastic collector, amassing a vast collection of natural history specimens, objects, artworks, coins and books. On his death his vast collection partly founded the British Museum.

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