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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

William Sancroft (1617-1693), Archbishop of Canterbury

Primate; Emmanuel College, Cambridge, BA 1637, MA 1641, DD 1668 and Master 1662-64, when he oversaw the building of a new chapel and library; Dean of York 1663-64 and St Paul’s 1664-77, assisting Wren with the rebuilding; archdeacon of Canterbury 1668-70; Archbishop of Canterbury 1678-91; one of the Seven Bishops 1688, deprived as a non-juror 1690; bequeathed his library to Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

‘slightly built, self effacing in manner and, with age, increasingly deaf’ (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography).

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.