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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Bernard Lens (III) (1682-1740), Artist, miniature painter, topographical draughtsman, etcher, limner and drawing master

Miniature painter, esteemed the best in water-colours of his time, and first English artist freely to use ivory; son of the draughtsman Bernard Lens (1659-1725) and grandson of the enamellist (c.1631-1708) of the same name; [1] limner to George I and George II; taught drawing at Christ's Hospital, London; published etchings illustrating The Granadiers' Exercise 1735; copied old masters in miniature, and oil paintings; among other works, A New and Compleat Drawing-Book published posthumously.

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1) B. Long, British Miniaturists, 1929, pp 265-70.

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Foskett 1972
D. Foskett, A Dictionary of British Miniature Painters, 1972.

Goulding 1916
R. W. Goulding, The Welbeck Abbey Miniatures ... A Catalogue Raisonné, 1916.

Long 1929
B. Long, British Miniaturists, 1929.


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.