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Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester, by Willem Wissing, based on a work of circa 1685-1686 -NPG 819 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Laurence Hyde, 1st Earl of Rochester

after Willem Wissing
based on a work of circa 1685-1686
48 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1219 mm x 1003 mm)
NPG 819

This portraitback to top

Wearing Garter robes and holding the lord treasurer’s wand. An early copy of a portrait by Wissing engraved (as an oval bust-length in reverse) by R. Williams (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 49). The original has not been identified, but there are versions in the Clarendon collection, [1] the Holbourne of Menstrie Museum, Bath, [2] and at Audley End; another was sold Christie’s, 12 February 1965, lot 136. A second Wissing type in which he holds the lord treasurer’s wand in his right hand is recorded.

Footnotesback to top

1) R. Gibson, Catalogue of Portraits in the collection of the Earl of Clarendon, 1977, no.122, illus., as studio of Wissing.
2) Guidebook, 1999, a2, illus.

Referenceback to top

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, pp 298-299.

Provenanceback to top

Henry Graves, from whom purchased 1889.

Exhibitionsback to top

British Embassy, Warsaw, 1980–.


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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