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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

William Kent (1685?-1748), Architect, painter and landscape gardener

Architect, landscape-gardener; apprenticed to a Hull coach painter; sent to Italy, 1709, the first Englishman admitted to the Duke of Tuscany's Academy; returned to England 1719 and patronised by Burlington, completed the Cupid and Psyche cycle at Burlington House; edited, Designs of Inigo Jones, 1727; commissions included Houghton, Holkham and Stowe, with The Royal Mews, Horse Guards and the Treasury Buildings among his best-known works.

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Climenson (ed.) 1899
Passages from the Diaries of Mrs Philip Lybbe Powys, ed. E. J. Climenson, 1899.

Connoisseur, XXVII, 1910.

Jourdain 1948
M. Jourdain, The Work of William Kent, 1948.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, 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.