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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. Possibly self-taught, miniature painting was a popular amateur art at this time and Lens had many aristocratic and royal pupils. Although he was the first British miniaturist to work on ivory, Lens 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.

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5118

William Fleetwood

by Bernard Lens (III), after a drawing by Robert White
watercolour on ivory, (before 1705)
NPG 5118

5119

William Fleetwood

by Bernard Lens (III)
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, circa 1715
NPG 5119

1926

Martin Folkes

by Bernard Lens (III)
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, circa 1720
NPG 1926

1624

Bernard Lens (III)

by Bernard Lens (III)
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, 1721
On display in Room 10: miniature case at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1624

D9165

Hannah Norsa

by R. Clamp, after Bernard Lens (III)
stipple engraving, published 1794
NPG D9165

D9176

Hannah Norsa

by R. Clamp, after Bernard Lens (III)
stipple engraving, published 1794
NPG D9176

D9177

Hannah Norsa

by R. Clamp, after Bernard Lens (III)
stipple engraving, published 1794
NPG D9177