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William Lilly

Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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William Lilly (1602–1681) was one of the most eminent astrologers of his day, publishing an annual almanac from 1644 until his death, many pamphlets of prophecy and other works. He is portrayed holding a horoscope, which is blank apart from the words non cogunt ('they do not compel'), which are found in arguments directed against fatalism. This portrait was probably given to Ashmole in 1652.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology





oil on canvas


H 74 x W 61 cm

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Bequeathed by Elias Ashmole, 1692

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The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Beaumont Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH England

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