Peter Paul Lens (about 1714-50)
Portrait of Bernard Lens, the artist's father
Watercolour on ivory
Signed lower left, 'P.P. Lens', and dated '1734'. Inscribed by the artist on the back, 'Bernard Lens / Minature Painter / to his Majesty King George / ye Second', and in Latin, 'P.P.Lens made this' and '1733 Febry y[e] 13'
Museum no. P.20-1946
Purchased with funds from the R.H. Stephenson Bequest
Bernard Lens' grandfather and father were both called Bernard Lens. His grandfather was apparently a 'Dutch preacher' and a painter. His father was a drawing master and printmaker based in London.