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

Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke

Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, by Jonathan Richardson, circa 1738 -NPG 1493 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke

attributed to Jonathan Richardson
circa 1738
22 1/2 in. x 19 in. (572 mm x 483 mm)
NPG 1493

This portraitback to top

The approximate age of the sitter suggests a date in the 1730s. Although the attribution cannot be regarded as certain, Bolingbroke sat to Richardson probably in 1732 and three times in 1738, see NPG 5598.

Referenceback to top

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 30.

Smallwood 1977
F. T. Smallwood, ‘The Iconography of Bolingbroke’, Report no.10 of the Friends of Lydiard Trigoze, 1977, no.10.

Provenanceback to top

Shepherd Bros., London, from whom purchased 1908.

Exhibitionsback to top

Voltaire, musée de l’Ile de France, Château de Sceaux, 1978.


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.

View all known portraits for Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke

View all known portraits for Jonathan Richardson