Bernard Lens III, George I (1660-1727), King of Great Britain (1714-27), wearing robes of State, white lace steinkirk and collar of the Order of the Garter
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Bernard Lens III, George I (1660-1727), King of Great Britain (1714-27), wearing robes of State, white lace steinkirk and collar of the Order of the Garter
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Bernard Lens III (British, 1682-1740)
George I (1660-1727), King of Great Britain (1714-27), wearing robes of State, white lace steinkirk and collar of the Order of the Garter.
Signed on obverse with monogram in gold BL, inscribed in full on reverse Georgius Dg Mag/ britanniae Francia et/ Hiberniae Rex Fedei Defensor/ Brun: et Lunen: Dux S.R.I. Arch/ Thesau: et Princeps Elector &c/ Inauguratus XX die Octobris/ 1714/ Kneller S.R. Imp: et Mag: Brit/ Baronet: pinx/ ab Originali Bernard Lens/ ** fecit May ye 18/ 1718, unframed.
Oval, 79mm (3 1/8in) high

Footnotes

  • The present lot derives from Kneller's portrait of George I taken circa 1714 and engraved by John Smith in 1715 (see National Portrait Gallery, London, nos. D7792, D11634 and D11930). One of Lens' masterworks is a three-quarter length portrait of George I painted in 1719 and derived from another of Kneller's portrait (see D. Foskett, Collecting Miniatures, 1979, p.164, pl.37). Both these portraits pre-date Lens' appointment as Painter in Enamel to George I (1723) and Painter in Enamel and Cabinet Painter (1726). It is therefore probable that Lens painted these works in order to help secure his appointment into royal service.
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