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William Kent

4 of 8 portraits of William Kent

William Kent, by Alexander Bannerman, after  William Aikman, published 1762 - NPG D3481 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Kent

by Alexander Bannerman, after William Aikman
line engraving, published 1762
acquired Martin Collection, 1861
Reference Collection
NPG D3481


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Sitterback to top

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

Artistsback to top

  • William Aikman (1682-1731), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 28 portraits.
  • Alexander Bannerman (circa 1730-after 1779), Printmaker. Artist associated with 38 portraits.

This portraitback to top

William Kent came from humble origins but gained knowledge of the classics when his early patrons took him on a Grand Tour of Italy. His status as a learned gentleman is conveyed in this portrait by his loose cap, the typical costume of a 'virtuoso', a refined lover of the arts and sciences.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D3482: William Kent (impression from same plate as)
  • NPG D3483: William Kent (impression from same plate as)
  • NPG D3484: William Kent (impression from same plate as)
  • NPG D3485: William Kent (impression from same plate as)