Bernard Lens, portrait of Katherine Whitmore

Bernard Lens, portrait of Katherine Whitmore

Bernard Lens (1682-1740)
Portrait of Katherine Whitmore
1724
Watercolour on ivory, over graphite underdrawing
Signed lower right 'BL' in monogram. Inscribed on the back, 'Katherine / the daughter of Willm./ and Eliz: Whitmore / 2 years old / painted by B. Lens / Sep. 1724'. A label at the back reads, 'Katherine. Born 1722, married O.S. Brereton Esq. Recorder of Liverpool, died 1800'
Museum no. P.14-1971

This was one of a group of 15 miniatures by Lens of the Whitmore family. He copied their striking blue backgrounds from Elizabethan miniatures.