Bernard Lens (1682-1740)
Portrait of Richard Whitmore
Watercolour on ivory, over graphite underdrawing
Signed lower right 'BL' in monogram. Inscribed on the back 'Richard / the 3rd son of Willm. / & Eliz : Whitmore' and in Latin, 'at the age of 3 / in the year 1718 / by B. Lens'
Museum no. P.13-1971
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Richard's father was William Whitmore, MP for Bridgnorth in Shropshire. Lens copied the striking blue background from Elizabethan miniatures, which he often restored and re-framed for patrons.