Paul Rycaut, Esq.

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Paul Rycaut, Esq.
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Shoulder length portrait of Paul Rycuat (Ricaut), English orientalist of Flemish descent. In 1667 he was appointed by the Levant Company to be their consul at Smyrna. Alongside his commercial interests he undertook detailed studies of the cultures he traveled through, publishing several famous works, including “The Present State of the Greek and Armenian Churches, Anno Christi 1678” and “The History of the Turkish Empire from 1623 to 1677”. This copper plate portrait was the frontispiece to the latter.