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William Kent

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William Kent, by William Aikman, circa 1723-1725 - NPG 6063 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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William Kent

by William Aikman
oil on canvas, circa 1723-1725
77 1/2 in. x 40 7/8 in. (1971 mm x 1039 mm)
Purchased, 1989
Primary Collection
NPG 6063


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  • William Kent (1685?-1748), Architect, painter and landscape gardener. Sitter associated with 8 portraits, Artist associated with 4 portraits.

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  • William Aikman (1682-1731), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 28 portraits.

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Aikman's portrait was painted for Lord Castlemaine for the overmantel in the Great Hall of Wanstead in Essex, his magnificent Palladian house which is long since demolished. The hall ceiling, representing the Times of Day, was decorated by Kent and he is shown holding his palette and brushes.

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