Bernard Lens (III) (1682-1740), Artist, miniature painter, topographical draughtsman, etcher, limner and drawing master
Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 7 portraits
Bernard Lens was the leading miniaturist from 1710 to 1740. Lens was possibly self-taught. Miniature painting was a popular amateur art at this time and Lens had many aristocratic and royal pupils. Although Lens was the first British miniaturist to work on ivory, he occasionally painted on vellum. He was also involved with the care of miniatures on vellum, restoring and reframing old family miniatures for aristocratic patrons. In addition, he painted copies of historical portraits for collectors.