Sir George Wharton, 1st baronet

Engraver William Faithorne the Elder British
Sitter Sir George Wharton British

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This bust length image within an oval frame portrays Wharton dressed in Roman military garb, bare-headed and with long hair. A poet and member of the Society of Astrologers, he fought for Charles I during the English Civil War. Imprisoned under Cromwell, he was released through the intervention of Elias Ashmole. In 1641 he began publishing almanacs, initally under the pen name George Naworth. At the English Restoration he was reinstated to his previous position as paymaster and made a baronet in 1677.

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