John Tradescant the Elder (d.1638)
Attributed to Emmanuel de Critz, painted on canvas, 79 x 62 cm.
Plantsman, traveller, and founder of the Tradescant museum (‘The Ark') at Lambeth, Tradescant the Elder's gardening career led to employment successively by the Earl of Salisbury, Lord Wotton, the Duke of Buckingham and King Charles I (by whom he was engaged as ‘Keeper of His Majesty's Gardens, Vines and Silkworms' at Oatlands Place). Towards the end of his life he was appointed Keeper of the Oxford Physic Garden, but he died without making any tangible impact there. [Presented by Elias Ashmole, 1683. WA1898.8]
Lower Ground Floor, Room 8, Ark to Ashmolean.