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John Riley

(1646-1691), Portrait painter

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 100 portraits
John Riley began practising painting at a young age, which probably meant he was independently wealthy. He became a fashionable society portrait painter. At the height of his success, in the 1680s, Riley charged £40 for a full-length portrait, a considerable amount of money at this time. In 1689, together with Godfrey Kneller, he was appointed Principal Painter to King William III and Queen Mary, though there are no known portraits by him of either as sovereign.

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William Chiffinch, after John Riley - NPG 1091

William Chiffinch

after John Riley
oil on canvas, (1670s)
NPG 1091

Sir John Maynard, possibly after John Riley - NPG 476

Sir John Maynard

possibly after John Riley
oil on canvas, feigned oval
On display at Royal Courts of Justice, London
NPG 476

Sir Josiah Child, Bt, attributed to John Riley - NPG 5932

Sir Josiah Child, Bt

attributed to John Riley
oil on canvas
NPG 5932

King Charles II, studio of John Riley - NPG 3798

King Charles II

studio of John Riley
oil on canvas, circa 1680-1685
NPG 3798

James Drummond, 4th Earl of Perth, after John Riley - NPG 2153

James Drummond, 4th Earl of Perth

after John Riley
oil on cardboard, (circa 1680-1684)
NPG 2153

Francis North, 1st Baron Guilford, attributed to John Riley - NPG 4708

Francis North, 1st Baron Guilford

attributed to John Riley
oil on canvas, circa 1682
NPG 4708

George Legge, 1st Baron Dartmouth, after John Riley - NPG 664

George Legge, 1st Baron Dartmouth

after John Riley
oil on canvas, (circa 1685-1690)
On display in the State Dressing Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 664

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, possibly by John Closterman, after  John Riley - NPG 501

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough

possibly by John Closterman, after John Riley
oil on canvas, feigned oval, (circa 1685-1690)
On display on Floor 1: Saloon at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 501

Edmund Waller, after John Riley - NPG 144

Edmund Waller

after John Riley
oil on canvas, feigned oval, (circa 1685)
NPG 144

Elias Ashmole, after John Riley - NPG 1602

Elias Ashmole

after John Riley
oil on canvas, feigned oval, (1687-1689)
NPG 1602

Gilbert Burnet, after John Riley - NPG 159

Gilbert Burnet

after John Riley
oil on canvas, feigned oval, (circa 1689-1691)
On display at Lyme Park, Stockport
NPG 159

Sir John Powell, by or after John Riley - NPG 479

Sir John Powell

by or after John Riley
oil on canvas, 1690s?
NPG 479

Sir Robert Wright, by Robert White, after  John Riley, published by  John Smith - NPG D30925

Sir Robert Wright

by Robert White, after John Riley, published by John Smith
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D30925

John Ashton, by Robert White, after  John Riley - NPG D31225

John Ashton

by Robert White, after John Riley
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D31225

John Ashton, by Robert White, after  John Riley - NPG D13234

John Ashton

by Robert White, after John Riley
line engraving, late 17th century
NPG D13234

King Charles II, by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after  John Riley - NPG D18466

King Charles II

by Pieter Stevens van Gunst, after John Riley
line engraving, 1675-1685
NPG D18466

Henry Compton, by Isaac Beckett, after  John Riley, published by  John Smith - NPG D30884

Henry Compton

by Isaac Beckett, after John Riley, published by John Smith
mezzotint, (circa 1680-1685)
NPG D30884

Conway Hackett, by and published by John Smith, after  John Riley - NPG D31334

Conway Hackett

by and published by John Smith, after John Riley
mezzotint, 1680
NPG D31334

Henry Compton, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  John Riley - NPG D34055

Henry Compton

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after John Riley
mezzotint, (circa 1680-1685)
NPG D34055

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