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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington (1673-1743), Prime Minister; Speaker of the House of Commons

c.1685
Unattributed painting, whole-length as a boy dressed as Cupid, a spaniel by his side, inscribed with identity. Untraced (Rodd 1824, no.140, illus.).

c.1710
Painting by Godfrey Kneller, see NPG 3234.

1725-33
Unattributed painting, three-quarter-length standing with ribbon and star of the Bath, left hand on hip, a paper in his right addressed to himself (Palace of Westminster, 188). The head much resembling that in the Kneller NPG 3234. Versions at Castle Ashby (illus. Northampton, History of the Comptons, 1930, f.p.162), Compton Place and Raynham (Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, Portraits in Norfolk Houses, II, p 224, no.4, illus.). An unattributed watercolour copy in Speakers of the House of Commons (NPG library).



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.