John Worley (1624-1721)
Worley was one of the first pensioners to be admitted to Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich when its King Charles Court began receiving them in 1705. He had been at sea for seventy years, apparently once in the coal trade but later in the Navy, and was twice mentioned in the early records of the Hospital as being punished for drunkenness and disruptive behaviour. The painting shows him at the age of ninety-six, posed as the model for the figure of 'Winter' in the ceiling of the Painted Hall at Greenwich, which Thornhill commenced painting in 1708.
Sir James Thornhill
- Image reference: BHC3102
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Greenwich Hospital Collection
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