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Early Stuart Portraits Catalogue

John Bunyan (1628-1688), Author of 'The Pilgrim's Progress'

See also:
Brown 1928
John Brown, John Bunyan, 1928, pp 412-14.

Gordon Roe 1945
F. Gordon Roe, ‘The Face of Bunyan’, Connoisseur, CXV, 1945, pp 10-15.

c.1678
Drawing of head by Robert White inscribed J. Bunion, British Museum (Binyon IV, p 338, no.6). Engr. R. White (F. O’Donoghue & H. M. Hake, Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits in the ... British Museum, 1905-25, 5); J. Sturt 1692 (F. O’Donoghue & H. M. Hake, Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits in the ... British Museum, 1905-25, 6); R. Young; J. Stephenson; J. Swaine, H. Bourne (from a copy by E. H. Wehnert), W. Holl (from a copy by W. Derby), etc (see F. O’Donoghue & H. M. Hake, Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits in the ... British Museum, 1905-25, 7-10).

1684-85
Painting by Thomas Sadler, see NPG 1311.

‘an original now in the possession of Mr Field, a watchmaker at Bath’ (Granger VI, 110), remains unidentified.

A portrait belonging to Henry Stimson c.1763 (see NPG 1311).

19th/20th century Images
Sculpture included
1862

Recumbent effigy on Bunyan’s funerary monument by Edgar George Papworth senior; Bunhill Fields, London. A half-size model exh. RA 1863, no.1105.

c.1870
Bust by E. W. Wyon; copy sold Tennants, Leyburn, 29-30 March 2007, lot 198. A 19th-century Wedgwood model is mentioned by R. Reilly, Wedgwood, 1989, II, p 466.

1872-74
Bronze statue by Edgar Boehm; Market Place, Bedford. A model dated 1875 is in the Bunyan Museum, Bedford.

c.1895-97
Stone figure by Robert Bridgeman; John Rylands Library, Manchester.

1953
Stone figure by Richard Garbe; Baptist Church House, Holborn.

Paintings included
c.1840?

Andrew Geddes, Bunyan in Bedford Gaol writing the Pilgrim’s Progress, Christie’s, 20 April 1977, lot 202.

c.1850
George Harvey: Bunyan imagining the Pilgrim’s Progress in Bedford Jail, priv. coll. 1922.

1857
George Harvey, Bunyan and his blind Daughter in Bedford Goal, Christie’s, 23 May 1995, lot 83.

Doubtful Portraits
Anon., three-quarter length seated, right hand on an upright Bible, engr. W. Sharp 1819 ‘from the picture formerly in the possession of the late George Phillips Esqr’; a half-length version without the Bible, engr. H. Bourne (‘From a Painting in the possession of John Fenwick Esq.’; illus. F. Gordon Roe, ‘The Face of Bunyan’, Connoisseur, CXV, 1945, pp 14, 15).


This extended catalogue entry is by John Ingamells, one of a limited number of entries drafted in 2010 for the incomplete catalogue, Early Stuart Portraits 1625-1685, and is as written 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.