Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue
Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke (1678-1751), Politician; MP for Wootton Bassett and Berkshire; government official and political philosopher
He had ‘qualifications that the greatest men might be proud of, and many which the worst would be ashamed of’ (Lord John Hervey).
‘my Lord himself is one of the handsomest personages I ever saw’ (Thomas Hearne).
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.