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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Henry Purcell (1659-1695), Composer

Anon. engraving, half-length oval, long wig, gown and lace cravat, titled: ‘Vera Effigies/Henrici Purcell/Aetat: Suae 24’, with arms (barry wavy of six, ar. and gu. on a bend sa. three boars’ heads of the first), front. to Purcell’s Sonatas 1683.

Drawing by John Closterman, see NPG 4994.

Painting by John Closterman, see under NPG 1352.

after 1695
Unattributed painting, see NPG 2150.


A bust was said to have been made from a death mask which had been taken by Christopher Wren (see W. H. Cummings, Musical Times, 1 November 1895, p 735; F. Zimmerman in M. Hinrichsen ed., Organ and Choral Aspects and Prospects, 1958, p 139, no.21).

A bust by ‘Bacon’ was given to the Oxford Music Schools by Dr Philip Hayes (1738-97), but by 1912 it had disappeared (Mrs R. L. Poole, Catalogue of Portraits in the possession of the University, Colleges, City and County of Oxford, I, p 165).

Unattributed low-relief marble bust in an oval frame, sold Sotheby’s, 11 May 2004, lot 413; related to NPG 1352. A similar unnamed relief wearing a laurel wreath is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (A5-1988).

A statue by J. B. Philip c.1866-72 appears in the frieze on the podium of the Albert Memorial.

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.