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Henry Compton

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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Henry Compton

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
circa 1712
29 3/4 in. x 25 in. (756 mm x 635 mm)
NPG 2952

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed verso, AEtat:80. [the AE in monogram] and, very faintly, 1712;1 signed, lower right, GK in monogram.

1 In addition, the contemporary inscription verso uncovered in 2000 appeared to read: Bishop Henry Compton/Henry Compton.

This portraitback to top

The date of 1712 discerned on the verso in 2002, is here taken as the date of the portrait (Compton died on 7 July 1713, aged 81 according to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography).
Two pen and ink copies by Edward Byng are in the British Museum. [1]

Footnotesback to top

1) E. Croft-Murray & P. Hulton, British Museum, Catalogue of British Drawings: XVI and XVII centuries, 1960, p 223 (1897.8.13.6; Byng 5: inside upper cover) and p 259 (1897.8.13.9, 3).

Referenceback to top

Ingamells 1981
J. Ingamells, The English Episcopal Portrait 1559-1835, catalogue, 1981, p 154.

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 79 as c.1700.

Stewart 1983
J. D. Stewart, Godfrey Kneller, 1983, no.172 as c.1700.

Provenanceback to top

Dr Crompton, Manchester, 1867;1 by descent to the Ven. E. H. Hardcastle, Archdeacon of Canterbury (1862-1945), from whom purchased 1938.

1 Whose daughter married a Hardcastle.

Exhibitionsback to top

Zwei jahrhunderte Britischer malerei, British Council (Prague/Bratislava/Vienna), 1969, no.32; Lyme Park 2000–.


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.

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