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Valentine Greatrakes. Oil painting after W. Faithorne.

Faithorne, William, 1616-1691.
[between 1800 and 1899?]


Free to use with attribution CC BYCredit: Wellcome Collection
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Greatrakes was renowned for curing the sick by stroking them with his hands. He is shown stroking the left eye and head of a sick boy. In the right background, a country road with a man and woman strolling, a man using crutches, and a man holding crutches not in use (cured of lameness?)


Valentine Greatrakes Esq of Affane in ye county of Waterford in ye kingdome of Ireland


[between 1800 and 1899?]

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1 painting : oil on wood ; wood 37 x 33 cm

Publications note

Christopher Wright et al., British and Irish paintings in public collections, New Haven and London: Yale University Press for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2006, p. 201


Wellcome Library no. 45644i

Reproduction note

After: an engraving by William Faithorne published as a frontispiece to A brief account of Mr Valentine Greatrakes and divers of the strange cures by him lately performed, London 1666

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Valentine Greatrakes. Oil painting after W. Faithorne. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

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