Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
President of the Royal College of Physicians, 1650 - 54; Treasurer 1655 -63. He was born in Essex, and educated at Caius College, Cambridge; knighted April 1st 1661, and died June 23rd. 1666. Vertue (according to Walpole [Horace Walpole's edition of George Vertue's "Notebooks," MR]) had seen a print of "Opinion sitting on a tree," thus inscribed: "Viro claris Dno Francisci Prujeano Mdeico, omnium bonarum artium et elegantiarum fautori et admiratoori summon; D. D. D. H. Peacham." There is a portrait of Prujean by Robert Streeter in the College, which was purchased in 1873 of Miss Prujean, the doctor's last surviving descendant. (See Dr. Munk's "Roll of the Royal College of Physicians," 1878, vol i., p 185.)
For the Portrait, Prujean's surviving instruments etc. see: -
Evelyn's diary for Wednesday August 14th. 1661:
":To Lond: Experiments concerning compression of Water, a letter and a certaine uncombustible Wood was sent the Society from the famous Adeptus Signor Borrhi: This day Sir Kenh[e]lme Digby presented every one of us his discourse of the Vegetation of Plants: And Mr. Henshaw his history of Salt-peter & Gun-powder. I then assisted him to procure his place of French Secretary to the King, which he purchased of Sir Hen: de Vic: I went to that famous Physitian Sir Fr: Prujean who shewed me his Laboratorie, his other workhouse for turning & other Mechanics, also many excellent Pictures, especialy the Magdalen of Carrachio: some incomparable "paisages" don in distemper: He plaied to me likewise on the Polyphone, an Instrument having something of the Harp, Lute, Theorb &c: it was a sweete Instrument, by none known in England, or described by any Author, nor used but by this skillfull & learned Doctor: I returnd home:"
From Dirk's annotation:-http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1661/08/14/
Biography from Munk's Roll of the Royal College of Physicians:-
It is so interesting to read this. My late father Philip Francis Prujean told me of the story of our distant ancestor Sir Francis when I was a child and spoke of it often
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