British Artist (c.1594):
F746; oil on canvas; 76 x 63.5 cm.
Inscribed: Johannes Dee / Anglus, / Londinensis / AEt. suae / 67.
Founder's Collection.; WA1898.18.
John Dee (1527-1608) was one of the most influential figures of the Elizabethan age. He studied mathematics and astrology and from an early age was supposed to practise magic. Ashmole owned a number of Dee's manuscripts (now in the British Library) and obtained this portrait while gathering material for a biography, which, however, he never wrote.
Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.
Link to the BBC's Your Paintings page of the Public Catalogue Foundation