Ethelbert, King of Wessex and Kent, King of Wessex and Kent; St Augustine; St Lucius; Elvanus; Medvinus; St Alban

1 portrait of St Augustine

Ethelbert, King of Wessex and Kent, King of Wessex and Kent; St Augustine; St Lucius; Elvanus; Medvinus; St Alban, by John Sturt, after  Bernard Lens (II), early 18th century - NPG D23599 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ethelbert, King of Wessex and Kent, King of Wessex and Kent; St Augustine; St Lucius; Elvanus; Medvinus; St Alban

by John Sturt, after Bernard Lens (II)
line engraving, early 18th century
13 5/8 in. x 8 1/8 in. (345 mm x 205 mm) paper size
Given by the daughter of compiler William Fleming MD, Mary Elizabeth Stopford (née Fleming), 1931
Reference Collection
NPG D23599


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Artistsback to top

  • Bernard Lens (II) (1659 or 1660-1725), Artist and mezzotinter. Artist associated with 32 portraits, Sitter associated with 1 portrait.
  • John Sturt (1658-1730), Engraver. Artist associated with 54 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

Sittersback to top

  • St Alban (died circa 303?), Christian martyr in Roman Britain. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • St Augustine (died 604), Benedictine monk and Archbishop of Canterbury. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Elvanus, Archbishop of London. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Ethelbert, King of Wessex and Kent (circa 835-866), Reigned 860-66. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • St Lucius (active 185), Supposed king in Britain. Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Medvinus. Sitter in 1 portrait.

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