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Richard Bentley (1708-1782), Writer and artist; son of Richard Bentley

Sitter in 3 portraits
A versatile draughtsman and writer, Bentley's friendship with Horace Walpole's resulted in his membership of a Committee of Taste to renovate Walpole's home at Strawberry Hill. As well as producing architectural elevations for the house in a Gothic style, he painted landscapes and allegorical designs. He also produced book illustrations and wrote plays and satires. He was nicknamed 'the Goth' by Horace Walpole.

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5885

Richard Bentley

by John Giles Eccardt
oil on canvas, 1753
NPG 5885

D42725

Richard Bentley

by James Heath, after John Giles Eccardt
line engraving, published 1 May 1798
NPG D42725

D14436

Richard Bentley

by James Heath, after John Giles Eccardt
line engraving, published 1798
NPG D14436