Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue
Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington (1673-1743), Prime Minister; Speaker of the House of Commons
‘About 65 years old, strong made, but of late much troubled with the stone. His stature is something more than of the middle sort and he is not corpulent though full fleshed’ (1st Earl of Egmont).
‘a plodding, heavy fellow with a great application, but no talents … his only pleasures were money and eating; his only knowledge of forms and precedents; and his only insinuation bows and smiles’ (Lord John Hervey).
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.