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William Fleetwood

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William Fleetwood, by Bernard Lens (III); Robert White, circa 1715 -NPG 5118 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

William Fleetwood

by Bernard Lens (III), after a drawing by Robert White
circa 1715
3 1/8 in. x 2 1/2 in. (79 mm x 64 mm) oval
NPG 5118

Inscriptionback to top

Signed above his left shoulder: BL in monogram.

This portraitback to top

NPG 5118 is based on an engraving by R. White (Mr Fleetwood A.M. … R. White ad Vivum sculp.), published between 1683 and 1705; [1] a later version engraved by M. Vandergucht shows a Bishop’s rochet and chimere (i.e. after 1708), as here.

Footnotesback to top

1) He received his Artium Magister in 1683 and DD in 1705.

Referenceback to top

Ingamells 1981
J. Ingamells, The English Episcopal Portrait 1559-1835, catalogue, 1981, p 187.

Simon & Saywell (eds.) 2004
Complete Illustrated Catalogue, NPG, ed. J. Simon & D. Saywell, 2004, p 221.

Provenanceback to top

Rev W. H. Thomlinson; his cousin William Benthall (1736-1811);1 Brig. G. Viner, Limner Antiques, from whom purchased 1977 (and see NPG 5119).

1 Inscribed, verso, on a paper glued to the wooden backing: William Fleetwood/Bishop of Ely and, in a later hand: a friend of the Rev W. H. Thomlinson who left this miniature by Bernard Lens to his cousin/William Benthall/1736-1811.

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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