The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Search the Collection

Gilbert Burnet

(1643-1715), Bishop of Salisbury and historian

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 24 portraits
Fluent in Dutch, French, Latin, Greek and Hebrew, respected as a cleric, preacher, and academic, as well as a writer and historian. Burnet became Professor of Divinity at Glasgow University in 1669, but resigned in 1674 and moved to London after a disagreement with his patron, the Duke of Lauderdale. In 1685, he fled to France, and then Holland, on being accused of plotting against James II. When William of Orange became king, he appointed Burnet as his royal chaplain. Burnet was Bishop of Salisbury from 1689 to 1715. He wrote several books including History of the Reformation (1679), Exposition of the Thirty-Nine Articles (1699) and History of My Own Time (1724).

Tell us More

List Thumbnail

Gilbert Burnet, by Robert White - NPG D18616

Gilbert Burnet

by Robert White
line engraving, 1687
NPG D18616

Gilbert Burnet, by John Smith, after  John Riley, published by  Richard Tompson, published by  Edward Cooper - NPG D30912

Gilbert Burnet

by John Smith, after John Riley, published by Richard Tompson, published by Edward Cooper
mezzotint, 1690 (circa 1689-1691)
NPG D30912

Gilbert Burnet, by John Smith, published by  Edward Cooper, published by  Richard Tompson, after  John Riley - NPG D925

Gilbert Burnet

by John Smith, published by Edward Cooper, published by Richard Tompson, after John Riley
mezzotint, 1690 (circa 1689-1691)
NPG D925

Gilbert Burnet, by John Smith, published by  Richard Tompson, published by  Edward Cooper, after  John Riley - NPG D11581

Gilbert Burnet

by John Smith, published by Richard Tompson, published by Edward Cooper, after John Riley
mezzotint, 1690 (circa 1689-1691)
NPG D11581

Gilbert Burnet, by and published by John Smith - NPG D19898

Gilbert Burnet

by and published by John Smith
mezzotint, circa 1690
NPG D19898

Gilbert Burnet, by John Smith, published by  Edward Cooper, published by  Richard Tompson, after  John Riley - NPG D19571

Gilbert Burnet

by John Smith, published by Edward Cooper, published by Richard Tompson, after John Riley
mezzotint, 1690 (circa 1689-1691)
NPG D19571

Gilbert Burnet, after Unknown artist - NPG D31131

Gilbert Burnet

after Unknown artist
line engraving, 18th century
NPG D31131

Gilbert Burnet, by Jacob Gole - NPG D19758

Gilbert Burnet

by Jacob Gole
mezzotint, circa 1700-1725
NPG D19758

Gilbert Burnet, by John Simon, after  Sarah Hoadly - NPG D927

Gilbert Burnet

by John Simon, after Sarah Hoadly
mezzotint, 1715 or after
NPG D927

Gilbert Burnet, by John Simon, after  Sarah Hoadly - NPG D928

Gilbert Burnet

by John Simon, after Sarah Hoadly
mezzotint, 1715 or after
NPG D928

Gilbert Burnet, by Bernard Picart (Picard), after  Sarah Hoadly - NPG D31135

Gilbert Burnet

by Bernard Picart (Picard), after Sarah Hoadly
line engraving, 1724
NPG D31135

Gilbert Burnet, after John Riley - NPG D31132

Gilbert Burnet

after John Riley
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D31132

Gilbert Burnet, after John Riley - NPG D31133

Gilbert Burnet

after John Riley
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D31133

Gilbert Burnet, by Jacobus Houbraken, after  Sarah Hoadly - NPG D31134

Gilbert Burnet

by Jacobus Houbraken, after Sarah Hoadly
line engraving, mid 18th century
NPG D31134

Gilbert Burnet, by Robert Dunkarton, after  John Riley - NPG D926

Gilbert Burnet

by Robert Dunkarton, after John Riley
mezzotint, published 1812
NPG D926

Related People

Tell us more back to top

Can you tell us more about this person? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. If you wish to license an image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.

Citationclose

How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.