by Alexander Bannerman, after William Aikman
line engraving, published 1762
acquired Martin Collection, 1861
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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 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.