Sir Christopher Wren
1 of 14 portraits of Sir Christopher Wren
- Extended catalogue entry
Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue
Sir Christopher Wren
by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
49 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1245 mm x 1003 mm)
Inscriptionback to top
Inscribed top left: SIR CHR:WREN/Late Surveyor General of/the Royal Buildings./He died the 25th of Feby:1723, aged 91, and bottom right: G. Kneller p.1711; signed, centre left: G Kneller Eques/ … 1711.
This portraitback to top
Showing Wren at the age of seventy-nine in the year St Paul’s was completed. Copies are at All Souls College, Oxford,  in St Paul’s Deanery,  and in the Chelsea Royal Hospital by G. P. Jacomb Hood c.1920 from the Government Art Collection; another was sold Christie’s, 10 July 1914, lot 25.
Footnotesback to top
Referenceback to top
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 386.
J. D. Stewart, Godfrey Kneller, 1983, no.867.
Provenanceback to top
The Earl of Bessborough by 1785;1 the 5th Earl of Bessborough sale, Christie’s, 10-11 July 1850, 2nd day, lot 137, bought B. S. White; J. Mathews, Birmingham; purchased 1860.
1 When listed by the 2nd Earl of Bessborough (1704-93) at Roehampton (Sir William Musgrave, MS lists of portraits, British Museum, Add. MSS 6391, f.199r, no.8 as Sr.Christ.Wren - by Kneller 1723.Aet71). In the Bessborough sale, 5-7 February 1801, lot 34 was a head of Wren by Kneller.
Exhibitionsback to top
Sir Christopher Wren, Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1982, no.I:4.
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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