Bulstrode Whitelocke

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Bulstrode Whitelocke, by Unknown artist, 1634 - NPG 4499 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Bulstrode Whitelocke

by Unknown artist
oil on canvas, 1634
30 in. x 25 in. (762 mm x 635 mm)
Purchased, 1966
Primary Collection
NPG 4499


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Whitelocke holds a paper inscribed in Latin fac quod vis pati (do as you would be done by).The motto (top left), Quodcunque evenerit optimum (whatever happens is best) from Epictetus, was adopted by him when trying to reconcile himself to the insanity of his first wife (which began on the first night of their marriage). She died in the year this portrait was painted.

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  • Cooper, John, Visitor's Guide, 2000, p. 122
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 659
  • Simon, Jacob, The Art of the Picture Frame: Artists, Patrons and the Framing of Portraits in Britain, 1997 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 8 November 1996 - 9 February 1997), p. 57