© National Portrait Gallery, London
by F. Scheffer Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1700
29 3/4 in. x 24 3/4 in. (756 mm x 629 mm)
Given by James D.C. Wickham, 1918
- Thomas Ken (1637-1711), Bishop of Bath and Wells. Sitter in 20 portraits.
- F. Scheffer (active 1700-1710). Artist associated with 7 portraits.
- Ingamells, John, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, 2009, p. 136
- Ollard, Richard, Character Sketches: Samuel Pepys and His Circle, 2000, p. 52
- Ollard, Richard, Pepys and his Contemporaries, 2015, p. 78
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 349
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