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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

William Sancroft (1617-1693), Archbishop of Canterbury

See also J. Ingamells, The English Episcopal Portrait 1559-1835, catalogue, 1981, pp 341-43.

c.1650-55
Painting attributed to Bernard Lens I, half-length, dark hair, wearing black gown, holding an open book before him inscribed in Hebrew ‘48, 49 Psalms 20, 21’ (Psalms 20 and 21 were used in the service of 4 February 1649 following the execution of Charles I); a black and gold mourning ring on the third finger of his right hand. Emmanuel College, Cambridge, from Gawdy Hall, Norf., home of Sancroft’s descendants (illus. Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, Portraits in Norfolk Houses, I, p 164, no.21; Stubbings 1988, ad vocem); the contemporary frame inscribed with Sancroft’s motto (rapido contrarius orbi). A watercolour copy in the University Library, Cambridge (J. W. Goodison, Cambridge Portraits, I, 1955, p 38, no.42).

1680
Engraving by D. Loggan, bust-length with skullcap and broad bands (ad Vivum delin. et sculp. 1680; illus. J. Ingamells, The English Episcopal Portrait 1559-1835, catalogue, 1981), an example NPG 636. A closely related drawing formerly at Lambeth Palace, now untraced (illus. W. Bevan, Portraits of the Archbishops of Canterbury, 1908, p 38), not NPG 301.

1688-89
See NPG 79 and NPG 152a.

c.1688
Drawing by Edward Luttrell, see NPG 301.

Unattributed painting, bust-length, with skullcap, wearing rochet and chimere. Corpus Christi College, Oxford (Mrs R. L. Poole, Catalogue of Portraits in the possession of the University, Colleges, City and County of Oxford, II, p 270, no.19). Comparable to the portrait seen in NPG 79.

c.1700
Unattributed marble bust. Emmanuel College, Cambridge (Stubbings 1988, ad vocem).

1754
Painting by Peter Paul Lens, whole-length seated, the head taken from the Loggan of 1680, right hand on upright book in his lap, inscribed and dated. Emmanuel College, Cambridge, commissioned 1754 (J. Ingamells, The English Episcopal Portrait 1559-1835, catalogue, 1981, p 342; Stubbings 1988, ad vocem). A three-quarter-length copy at Lambeth Palace was commissioned by Abp. Cornwallis 1768-83 (J. Ingamells, The English Episcopal Portrait 1559-1835, catalogue, 1981, p 343). A bust-length miniature version by Peter Paul Lens, signed and dated 1758, sold Christie’s, 9 April 1991, lot 39.



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.