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Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington

Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, circa 1710 -NPG 3234 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
circa 1710
36 in. x 28 in. (914 mm x 711 mm)
NPG 3234

Inscriptionback to top

Signed, lower left: GKneller (GK in monogram).

This portraitback to top

The Kit-Cat Club portrait. There is a small copy at Castle Ashby, and three drawings of this type 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 245 (1897.8.13.8; Byng 7:f.21v), p 248 (1897.8.13.8; Byng 7:f.41v), and p 260 (1897.8.13.9, 28).

Referenceback to top

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 382 as c.1710.

Stewart 1983
J. D. Stewart, Godfrey Kneller, 1983, no.853 as c.1710.

Exhibitionsback to top

Second Special Exhibition of National Portraits ( ... William and Mary to MDCCC), South Kensington, 1867, no.122.

Reproductionsback to top

P. Pelham 1722–26 (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 8; reversed); J. Faber II 1734 (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 208/21) with Garter ribbon and star.

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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