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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Thomas Ken (1637-1711), Bishop of Bath and Wells

See also J. L. Anderdon, Life of Ken, 1854, I, p 333; E. H. Plumptre, Thomas Ken, 1888, II, app.I, and J. Ingamells, The English Episcopal Portrait 1559-1835, catalogue, 1981, pp 253-54.

1688-89
See NPG 79, NPG 152a.

c.1688
Engraving by D. Loggan, half-length, dark haired with skullcap, wearing rochet and chimere (as one of the Seven Bishops; illus. J. L. Anderdon, Life of Ken, 1854, I, front., II, p 806). A painted copy at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, bequeathed in 1714 (Mrs R. L. Poole, Catalogue of Portraits in the possession of the University, Colleges, City and County of Oxford, II, p 269, no.22).

c.1710
Painting by F. Scheffer, see NPG 1821.

Painting by F. Scheffer, half-length painted oval, white hair, skullcap, wearing rochet and chimere. New College, Oxford (Mrs R. L. Poole, Catalogue of Portraits in the possession of the University, Colleges, City and County of Oxford, II, p 159, no.43). Bust-length versions at New College (Mrs R. L. Poole, Catalogue of Portraits in the possession of the University, Colleges, City and County of Oxford, II, p 159, no.44; illus. Oxford Portraits, Illustrated catalogue of a loan exhibition of Portraits of English historical personages who died between 1625 and 1714, exhibited in the Examination Schools, Oxford, 1905, no.217), and Oriel College, Oxford (Mrs R. L. Poole, Catalogue of Portraits in the possession of the University, Colleges, City and County of Oxford, II, p 85, no.19). Closely related to the Longleat half-length (below), but reversed.

1711
Painting by F. Scheffer, three-quarter-length, white hair, skullcap, wearing rochet and chimere, right hand across body, the left resting on a table; signed and dated. Bishop’s Palace, Wells (illus. J. Ingamells, The English Episcopal Portrait 1559-1835, catalogue, 1981). Engraved G. Vertue (Anno AEtat.73) 1713 (D. Alexander, ‘George Vertue as an Engraver’, Wal. Soc., LXX, 2008, no.100). Replica at Winchester College, signed and dated 1711. Both probably posthumous.
A half-length oval version at Longleat, exhibited First Special Exhibition of National Portraits ( ... ending with the reign of James the second), South Kensington, 1867, no.997 (illus. D. Bath, Longleat, 1949, p 33) and engraved G. Vertue 1718 and 1720 (D. Alexander, ‘George Vertue as an Engraver’, Wal. Soc., LXX, 2008, nos. 283, 321), is superior in execution.

Posthumous
In 1864 John Tyley & Sons were commissioned to execute a bust of Ken for a proposed Gallery of Worthies (R. Gunnis, Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851, 1968 ed., p 405).



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.