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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Henry Compton (1632-1713), Bishop of London

Prelate, youngest son of the 2nd Earl of Northampton; travelled in Europe 1652-54 and 1663-66; Queen’s College, Oxford 1654; MA 1661; DD 1669; Bishop of Oxford 1674-76 and London 1675-1713; a pronounced anti-catholic, he was suspended 1686-88; one of the seven signatories of the invitation to William of Orange; deprived as a non-juror 1690.

‘a sober, grave and excellent cleric’ (John Evelyn).

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.