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The right learned Divine William Whitaker of Trinitie Colledge in Cambridge

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1620 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Payne, John (engraver)
    Holland, Compton (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Edgar Seligman

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case PS, shelf 2, box B

Physical description

Print, half-length portrait of a man, facing slightly right and holding a book in his right hand. The portrait is in an oval cartouche with letters and books.

Place of Origin

London (published)


1620 (published)


Payne, John (engraver)
Holland, Compton (publisher)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'Obijt Aet: 47 The right learned Divine William Whitaker of Trinitie Colledge in Cambridge, and master of St. John Colledge their: He wrot many learned Bookes against (these English Priests), Stapleton, Sanders, Reignolds, & Campian: as also against their great Arch-Jesuit Robert Bellarmin; he lived godly, was painfull in preaching, and died peaceably. 1595 / Are [to be] sould be Compton Holland over against the Exchange John Payne sculp: Lond: 16[20].'
Lettered with name of sitter etc.


Height: 17.8 cm cut, Width: 12.4 cm cut

Object history note

The original portrait is at St. John's College, Cambridge.

Descriptive line

Print, half-length portrait of William Whitaker, engraving by John Payne after an unknown artist, 1620.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1960: Volume 2, Edgar Seligman Gift. London: HMSO, 1966.
O'Donoghue, Freeman. British Museum: Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits. London: Printed by order of the Trustees, 1908-25.
Corbett, Margery and Michael Norton. Engraving in England in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: the Reign of Charles I. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1952-64.



Subjects depicted

Theologian; Cartouche


Prints; Portraits


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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