Thomas Forster, A pair of portraits of Thomas Green (1658-1738), Bishop of Ely and his wife Catherine (née Trimnel) (c.1682-1770): he, wearing robes held at the top with a small knotted button, white bands and curled wig; she, wearing loose white robes with frilled trim and dark cloak over her right shoulder and wrapped about her waist, her curling hair falling over her left shoulder

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Thomas Forster, A pair of portraits of Thomas Green (1658-1738), Bishop of Ely and his wife Catherine (née Trimnel) (c.1682-1770): he, wearing robes held at the top with a small knotted button, white bands and curled wig; she, wearing loose white robes with frilled trim and dark cloak over her right shoulder and wrapped about her waist, her curling hair falling over her left shoulder

Sold for £ 9,000 (US$ 12,121) inc. premium
Thomas Forster (British, b.c.1677)
A pair of portraits of Thomas Green (1658-1738), Bishop of Ely and his wife Catherine (née Trimnel) (c.1682-1770): he, wearing robes held at the top with a small knotted button, white bands and curled wig; she, wearing loose white robes with frilled trim and dark cloak over her right shoulder and wrapped about her waist, her curling hair falling over her left shoulder.
Plumbago on vellum, she signed on obverse and dated TForster/ delin/ 1703, gilded rectangular composition frames.
Oval, 106mm (4 3/16in) high (2)
Provenance: By family descent

Footnotes

  • Thomas Green entered Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 1674, graduating BA in 1679. He was made a fellow of Corpus Christi in 1680. He became MA in 1682 and was created DB in 1690 and DD in 1695. Contemporaries described him as ‘a very worthy, good man’ and ‘very nice and somewhat finical’. He was ‘thinly made’ with feminine features which earned him the nickname Miss Green from his peers at Cambridge University.

    He enjoyed the patronage of Thomas Tenison, who became archbishop of Canterbury in 1695. Tenison secured a number of positions for Green including master of Corpus Christi College and Archdeacon of Canterbury. It would appear that Green was a religious moderate and was whiggish in his political outlook. As a result he was made a royal chaplain of George I in 1715. In the same year he supported the crown against the Jacobite rising, preaching and publishing two sermons in which he condemned the Jacobites and offered thanks for their subsequent defeat.

    Green married Catherine Trimnell, the sister of the whig and low-church Bishop Charles Trimnell. Together they had two sons, Thomas and Charles, and seven daughters, Catherine, Anne, Margaret, Elizabeth, Catherine, Sarah, and Mary (of which only two survived). According to the Dictionary of National Biography his sons were responsible for adding the final ‘e’ to their surname.

    He was consecrated bishop of Norwich on 8 October 1721, and was translated to the bishopric of Ely on 24 September 1723. During his time as bishop Green continued his support of the government, voting consistently with the ministry in the House of Lords. He died at Ely House, Holborn (the London residence of the bishops of Ely) on 18 May 1738 and was buried on the south side of Ely Cathedral. There is a memorial to Thomas Greene in the South Choir aisle of Ely Cathedral which is notable for the absence of any Christian imagery; instead it has the classical funerary urns and sombre drapes typical of the Age of Reason.
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