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Henry Compton

(1632-1713), Bishop of London

Sitter associated with 14 portraits
Made Bishop of Oxford in 1674 and Bishop of London a year later. He was intensely opposed to Roman Catholicism, compounded by a long-lasting feud with the Catholic King James II. In 1686, after a dispute with James, he was suspended from office. Compton played an active part in the revolution of 1688 that deposed James, even bearing arms at one point. He was the only clergyman amongst the seven nobles who signed the invitation to William, Prince of Orange to intervene militarily in England. A strong supporter of William and his consort Mary in the ensuing constitutional struggle, he performed the ceremony of their coronation, and his position as Bishop of London was restored to him.

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Henry Compton, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 2952

Henry Compton

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1712
On display at Lyme Park, Stockport
NPG 2952

Henry Compton, by David Loggan - NPG D34056

Henry Compton

by David Loggan
line engraving, 1679
NPG D34056

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

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

Henry Compton, by Isaac Beckett, after  John Riley - NPG D1511

Henry Compton

by Isaac Beckett, after John Riley
mezzotint, (circa 1680-1685)
NPG D1511

Henry Compton, by Isaac Beckett, after  John Riley - NPG D1512

Henry Compton

by Isaac Beckett, after John Riley
mezzotint, (circa 1680-1685)
NPG D1512

Henry Compton, by Isaac Beckett, published by  John Smith, after  John Riley - NPG D11588

Henry Compton

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after John Riley
mezzotint, (circa 1680-1685)
NPG D11588

Henry Compton, after Unknown artist - NPG D30885

Henry Compton

after Unknown artist
line engraving, published 1686
NPG D30885

Henry Compton, by John Simon, after  J. Hargrave - NPG D1501

Henry Compton

by John Simon, after J. Hargrave
mezzotint, (1710)
NPG D1501

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Henry Compton

by Isaac Beckett, published by John Smith, after John Riley
mezzotint, (circa 1680-1685)
NPG D19923

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Henry Compton

by John Simon, after J. Hargrave
mezzotint, (1710)
NPG D18726

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Henry Compton

by John Simon, after J. Hargrave
mezzotint, (1710)
NPG D18751

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