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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Gilbert Burnet (1643-1715), Bishop of Salisbury and historian

See also S. Whittingham, ‘Some Portraits of Bishop Burnet around 1690’, Burl. Mag., CXVIII, 1976, pp 647-50 and J. Ingamells, The English Episcopal Portrait 1559-1835, catalogue, 1981, pp 137-42.

c.1680?
Unattributed bust-length miniature, wearing black skullcap, gown and bands. Crathes Castle. The head resembles that in a seated three-quarter-length, in rochet and chimere but without Garter insignia, also at Crathes.

1687
Drawing by Robert White, half-length in gown and bands, engraved R. White as R. White ad vivum delin. et sculp An. Aetat 44 1687.

before 1688
Painting by Edward Luttrell, half-length in gown and bands, engraved Luttrel as Lutterell pinx et fecit (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 1); M. van der Giest, the dress altered to that of chancellor of the Garter (J. Ingamells, The English Episcopal Portrait 1559-1835, catalogue, 1981, p 138).

c.1689-91
Painting by Mary Beale, half-length in rochet and chimere wearing the chancellor’s golden rose badge. Manor House Museum, Bury St Edmunds (R. Jeffree, ‘The Excellent Mrs Mary Beale’, exhibition catalogue, Geffrye Museum, London, and Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, 1975-76, p 69, no.43 as c.1691). Exhibited 'The Excellent Mrs Mary Beale’, Geffrye Museum, London, and Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, 1975-76, no.37; Mrs Mary Beale, Paintress, Catalogue of Paintings bequeathed by Richard Jeffree together with other paintings by Mary Beale in the collections of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Manor House Museum, Bury St Edmunds, 1994, no.18, illus. p 14; T. Barber, Mary Beale, exhibition catalogue, Geffrye Museum, London, 1999-2000, no.17, illus. p 28. Previously inscribed with the identity of Seth Ward. A round version recorded in a private collection.

c.1690
Painting by John Riley, see NPG 159.

Painting by Mary Beale, three-quarter-length seated as chancellor of the Garter holding the Purse, a glimpse of a nondescript cathedral to the left. Church Commissioners, formerly Lambeth Palace ('The Excellent Mrs Mary Beale’, Geffrye Museum, London, and Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, 1975-76, p 69, no.42; J. Ingamells, The English Episcopal Portrait 1559-1835, catalogue, 1981, p 138).

Unattributed painting, three-quarter-length in chancellor’s robes, Purse in right hand, nondescript view of Salisbury Cathedral in the left distance. Christie’s, 22 March 1974, lot 120. An adaptation of Greenhill’s Seth Ward in the County Hall, Hertford (see S. Whittingham, 'Some Portraits of Bishop Burnet around 1690', Burlington Magazine, CXVIII, 1976, pp 648-49). Versions at Mellerstein, with D. Minlore in 1935 and Sir R. Leonardini in 1960.

c.1690-95?
Painting called Riley, three-quarter-length standing, holding the Purse in front of him, pointing right with his right hand. Christie’s, 11 November 1983, lot 158; Sotheby’s, Sussex, 22-31 October 1990, lot 1332, and 20 May 1991, lot 269 as attributed to Riley (and see J. Ingamells, The English Episcopal Portrait 1559-1835, catalogue, 1981, p 141, l).

1693
Painting by Godfrey Kneller, seated whole-length as chancellor of the Garter, hat and Purse on a table to the right, signed and dated. Wimpole, National Trust, from Lord Hardwicke (J. D. Stewart, Godfrey Kneller, 1983, no.122). Exhibited Second Special Exhibition of National Portraits ( ... William and Mary to MDCCC), South Kensington, 1867, no.37. A bust-length version in a painted oval is in a private collection (from Christie’s, 14 January 1972, lot 19).

1702
Engraving by R. White, bust-length oval in rochet and chimere wearing chancellor’s golden rose badge, inscribed Aetat 59 1702. A closely related but unfinished drawing by or after White was in the collection of Roger Warner 1955.

c.1710?
Ivory plaque, profile half-length in chancellor’s robes. British Museum (5a/360; illus. A. MacGregor ed., Hans Sloane, 1994, p 211).

c.1714
Painting attributed to John Vanderbank, three-quarter-length seated in rochet and chimere wearing chancellor’s badge, white hair, a book in his left hand, inscribed Revd Dr Gilbert Burnett/Vanderbank p.1714. Tyninghame sale, Sotheby’s, 28-29 September 1987, lot 554. Another version from Peper Harow, sold Christie’s, 26 October 1945, lot 21, and 18 May 1951, lot 154.

c.1715?
Painting by Sarah Hoadly, half-length in chancellor’s robes; he appears round shouldered compared with the Beale/Riley/Kneller portraits. With descendants of the sitter in 1773 (S. Whittingham, 'Some Portraits of Bishop Burnet around 1690', Burlington Magazine, CXVIII, 1976, p 650; J. Ingamells, The English Episcopal Portrait 1559-1835, catalogue, 1981, p 141). Engraved G. Vertue 1723 (D. Alexander, ‘George Vertue as an Engraver’, Wal. Soc., LXX, 2008, no.395), C. Picart 1724; anon. mezzotint (reversed [facing left], badge transferred to left shoulder) after 1715.

Doubtful Portraits
Painting by P. A., bust-length, own dark hair, in gown and bands, signed and dated 1681. Society of Antiquaries, on loan to the Scottish NPG (L27) (J. Ingamells, The English Episcopal Portrait 1559-1835, catalogue, 1981, p 137 as signed R. F. or R. D.); a youthful, amateur portrait, difficult to authenticate.
A miniature by Susannah-Penelope Rosse from the Strawberry Hill sale (illus. D. Foskett, A Dictionary of British Miniature Painters, 1972, II, pl.310, no.772), shows Bishop Mews).



This extended catalogue entry is from the National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, National Portrait Gallery, 2009, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.