William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

1 portrait on display in the Hall at Beningbrough Hall

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, circa 1692 - NPG 298 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1692
96 1/2 in. x 60 1/2 in. (2451 mm x 1537 mm)
Purchased, 1870
Primary Collection
NPG 298


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Sitterback to top

Artistback to top

  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1673 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.

This portraitback to top

In this portrait the sitter wears the red coronation robes of a Duke beneath the blue mantle of a Knight of the Order of the Garter, folded back on one side to reveal its white lining. The Duke wears the chain of the Order of the Garter, with a jewelled pendant showing Saint George killing the dragon. On the table is the Order's plumed hat. Beneath his knee is the Garter itself, inscribed with the first two words of the motto of the order, 'Honi Soit qui mal y pense', usually translated in English as 'Evil be to him who evil thinks'. More detailed information from a catalogue entry by John Ingamells, one of a limited number of entries drafted in 2010 for the incomplete catalogue, Early Stuart Portraits 1625-1685, work on which will be resumed once funding is available.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 25
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 44