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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Henry Compton (1632-1713), Bishop of London

See also J. Ingamells, The English Episcopal Portrait 1559-1835, catalogue, 1981, pp 152-54.

c.1650
Unattributed painting, half-length oval, in armour, inscribed. Compton Wynyates (illus. E. Carpenter, The Protestant Bishop, 1956, f.p.98).

c.1675-80
Painting copied by (Thomas?) Stewart, half-length in rochet and chimere, wearing skullcap, own long dark hair, inscribed. Church Commissioners, London (formerly Fulham Palace). In 1794 Porteus, Bishop of London, had requested permission for Stewart to copy a portrait of Compton then belonging to Sion College (untraced in 1975).

1679
Drawing by David Loggan, bust-length in rochet and chimere. Pierpont Morgan Library, New York (Wal. Soc., XIV, 1926, p 62); engraved D. Loggan 1679 (ad Vivum delin et sculp 1679).

c.1680
Unattributed painting, whole-length seated wearing skullcap, rochet and chimere, right hand on chair arm, left hand on table. Castle Ashby. Exhibited First Special Exhibition of National Portraits ( ... ending with the reign of James the second), South Kensington, 1867, no.993 as by Riley. Engraved J. Posselwhite 1842 from a drawing by G. P. Harding as by Simon du Bois (Noble British Families). Version at Christ Church, Oxford (Mrs R. L. Poole, Catalogue of Portraits in the possession of the University, Colleges, City and County of Oxford, III, p 44, no.111 as ?Kneller; part illus. Historical Portraits, II, 1911, f.p.296), of which a copy by F. Smith of Oxford was made for Cuddesdon College by 1866 (Sir George Scharf's Sketch Books, 76:18a), reduced to a half-length in 1962.

c.1680-85
Painting by John Riley, half-length in rochet and chimere, wearing skullcap. Castle Ashby (illus. J. Ingamells, The English Episcopal Portrait 1559-1835, catalogue, 1981).

c.1685-90
Painting by John Riley, three-quarter-length seated, in rochet and chimere, wearing skullcap, book in right hand, inscribed. Queen’s College, Oxford (Mrs R. L. Poole, Catalogue of Portraits in the possession of the University, Colleges, City and County of Oxford, II, p 124, no.45).

A close variant of this type (with larger eyes and a slightly smiling mouth), engraved I. Beckett (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 26). A chalk drawing attributed to Mary Beale, sold Christie’s, 18 June 1974, lot 62, relates to this engraving.

1688
See NPG 152a.

1710
Painting by J. Hargrave, half-length seated to left in a high-backed chair wearing skullcap and rochet and chimere, inscribed aeta suae 78/Anno 1710, holding an elevation of St Paul’s inscribed Combustam inveni/Extructam reliqui. St Paul’s Cathedral Library (illus. J. Ingamells, The English Episcopal Portrait 1559-1835, catalogue, 1981). Variant engraved in reverse, J. Simon (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 42), a medal of Charles I in his right hand.

1712
Painting by Godfrey Kneller, see NPG 2952.

Doubtful Portrait
Unattributed bust-length oval c.1650, long dark hair, inscribed. Private collection. The likeness does not entirely agree with the portrait at Compton Wynyates (see above under c.1650).



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.