The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

Advanced Collection search

First Previous 2 OF 9 NextLast

William Lenthall

2 of 9 portraits of William Lenthall

© National Portrait Gallery, London

 Like voting
is closed

Thanks for Liking

Please Like other favourites!
If they inspire you please support our work.

Buy a print Make a donation Close
  • Buy a print
  • Use this image
  • ShareShare this

William Lenthall

by Samuel Cooper
watercolour on vellum, 1652
2 1/8 in. x 1 3/4 in. (54 mm x 44 mm) oval
Bequeathed by Emslie John Horniman, 1935
Primary Collection
NPG 2766

Sitterback to top

  • William Lenthall (1591-1662), Speaker of the House of Commons. Sitter in 9 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Samuel Cooper (1609-1672), Miniature painter. Artist associated with 111 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Cooper, John, A Guide to the National Portrait Gallery, 2009, p. 25 Read entry

    Elected Speaker of the Long Parliament in 1640, he sided with Parliament during the Civil Wars, was Speaker of Oliver Cromwell’s first Protectorate parliament in 1654, and of the reconstituted Long Parliament in 1659. He supported the restoration of Charles II in 1660.

  • Foskett, Daphne, Samuel Cooper, 1974 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 15 March - 15 June 1974), p. 27
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 377
  • Walker, Richard, Miniatures: 300 Years of the English Miniature, 1998, p. 35 Read entry

    William Lenthall, Speaker of the House of Commons during the Long Parliament, was, according to John Aubrey, a wise man who managed difficult situations (for example, the arrest of the Five Members and Cromwell's dismissal of the Rump) with skill and dignity (John Aubrey, Brief Lives, ed. Anthony Powell, London, 1949, p 246).

Subject/Themeback to top

Events of 1652back to top

Current affairs

Politician, Sir Henry Vane, the younger, in promoting English liberties on Scotland rather than pursing its annexation, achieves its nominal consent for inclusion to the emerging republican commonwealth.

Art and science

Nicholas Culpeper, herbalist and astrologer, publishes The English Physitian. Extensively illustrated, Culpeper book written in the tradition of astrological medicine, lists native medicinal herbs indexed to common diseases.
Architect, Inigo Jones dies at Somerset House.
Clergyman, Peter Heylyn, publishes Cosmographie, a comprehensive description of the known world.


First Anglo-Dutch war, fought entirely at sea, erupts principally over trade disputes. General at Sea, Robert Blake, leads the navy in the first encounters against the Dutch navy commanded by Lieutenant-Admiral Maarten Tromp.
Oliver Cromwell's Act of Settlement of Ireland imposes death penalties and confiscates land from Irish Catholics.

Tell us more back to top

Can you tell us more about this portrait? Spotted an error, information that is missing (a sitter’s life dates, occupation or family relationships, or a date of portrait for example) or do you know anything that we don't know? If you have information to share please complete the form below.

If you require information from us, please use our Archive enquiry service. You can buy a print of most illustrated portraits. Select the portrait of interest to you, then look out for a Buy a Print button. Prices start at £6 for unframed prints, £25 for framed prints. If you wish to license this image, please use our Rights and Images service.

Please note that we cannot provide valuations.

We digitise over 8,000 portraits a year and we cannot guarantee being able to digitise images that are not already scheduled.

What can you tell us?close

There are occasions when we are unsure of the identity of a sitter or artist, their life dates, occupation or have not recorded their family relationships. Sometimes we have not recorded the date of a portrait. Do you have specialist knowledge or a particular interest about any aspect of the portrait or sitter or artist that you can share with us? We would welcome any information that adds to and enhances our information and understanding about a particular portrait, sitter or artist.


How do you know this? Please could you let us know your source of information.

* Permission to publish (Privacy information)
Privacy Informationclose

The National Portrait Gallery will NOT use your information to contact you or store for any other purpose than to investigate or display your contribution. By ticking permission to publish you are indicating your agreement for your contribution to be shown on this collection item page. Please note your email address will not be displayed on the page nor will it be used for any marketing material or promotion of any kind.

Please ensure your comments are relevant and appropriate. Your contributions must be polite and with no intention of causing trouble. All contributions are moderated.

Your Emailclose

Contributions are moderated. We'll need your email address so that we can follow up on the information provided and contact you to let you know when your contribution has been published.

Get Creative

Develop your art skills

Discover our BP Next Generation short films made by artists. Follow step by step guides in drawing and painting techniques.

Improve your skills

Hold Still

Hold Still photography workshop

Reflect on your own experiences of lockdown through this easy-to-do from home, photographic exercise. 

Watch the video

Draw Like a Renaissance Master

Revisit The Encounter exhibition and learn about Renaissance and Baroque drawing methods and materials.

Improve your technique