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Bernard Lens (III)

1 of 9 portraits on display in Room 10: miniature case at the National Portrait Gallery

Bernard Lens (III), by Bernard Lens (III), 1721 - NPG 1624 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bernard Lens (III)

by Bernard Lens (III)
watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, 1721
1 3/4 in. x 1 3/8 in. (44 mm x 35 mm) oval
Purchased, 1911
Primary Collection
NPG 1624


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

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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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Bernard Lens, the third of a dynasty of miniaturists, was esteemed as the best miniature painter in watercolours of his time. He was the first English artist to use ivory freely and was appointed miniaturist to both George I and George II. He taught drawing at Christ's Hospital in London and published books on the subject. Lens made numerous self-portraits; this one of 1721 is in water-colour on vellum on card and is initialled and dated to the left. 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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