Humfrey Wanley

Humfrey Wanley, 1711
Thomas Hill (c. 1661-1734?)
Oil on canvas
122 x 102 (cm)
Society of Antiquaries of London
 Humfrey Wanley (1672-1726) was one of the three founding members of the Society of Antiquaries of London. They met in a London tavern on 5 December 1707 and agreed to meet regularly to discuss matters relating to British history. Wanley was a pioneer in the study of palaeography and Anglo-Saxon. This portrait shows him holding open his Book of Specimens in which he has copied a page from an early Greek Gospel; the text is in the shape of a cross.
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