Bernard Lens, portrait of James I

Bernard Lens, portrait of James I

Bernard Lens
Portrait of James I, after Nicholas Hilliard
About 1730–9
watercolour on vellum
Signed lower right ‘BL’ in monogram and inscribed on the back ‘James Ye I / after Hilyard’ and in Latin ‘Bern Lewis [Lens] made this / 1735’
Museum no. E.594-1994

It was fashionable in the 18th century to collect prints of famous people. Bernard Lens provided up-market versions of such portraits, painted in miniature.