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John Riley (1646-1691), Portrait painter

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist associated with 99 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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1091

William Chiffinch

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

476

Sir John Maynard

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

5932

Sir Josiah Child, Bt

attributed to John Riley
oil on canvas
NPG 5932

3798

King Charles II

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

2153

James Drummond, 4th Earl of Perth

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

4708

Francis North, 1st Baron Guilford

attributed to John Riley
oil on canvas, circa 1682
On display at Palace of Westminster, London
NPG 4708

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

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

144

Edmund Waller

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

1602

Elias Ashmole

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

159

Gilbert Burnet

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

479

Sir John Powell

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

D30925

Sir Robert Wright

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

D31225

John Ashton

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

D13234

John Ashton

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

D18466

King Charles II

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

D30884

Henry Compton

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

D31334

Conway Hackett

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

D34055

Henry Compton

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