Martin Folkes

1 portrait

Martin Folkes, by Bernard Lens (III), circa 1720 - NPG 1926 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Martin Folkes

by Bernard Lens (III)
watercolour and bodycolour on ivory, circa 1720
3 1/4 in. x 2 1/2 in. (83 mm x 64 mm)
Bequeathed by Gery Milner-Gibson-Cullum, 1922
Primary Collection
NPG 1926


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  • Martin Folkes (1690-1754), Antiquary. Sitter in 20 portraits, Artist associated with 1 portrait.

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  • Bernard Lens (III) (1682-1740), Artist, miniature painter, topographical draughtsman, etcher, limner and drawing master. Artist associated with 7 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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Martin Folkes was an antiquary and a man of science. From 1723 he served as vice-president of the Royal Society and then, from 1741-53, as president. He was also president of the Society of Antiquaries from 1750-54 and the author of Tables of English Gold Coins (1736) and Tables of English Silver Coins (1745). In this portrait of him by the celebrated miniaturist Bernard Lens, Folkes is shown with his left hand resting on the quadrant of a scientific instrument. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).

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