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.
studio of John Riley
oil on canvas, circa 1680-1685
On display at Royal Museums Greenwich, London, UK in the exhibition Samuel Pepys and the Stuart Age