BERNARD LENS, III | SELF-PORTRAIT AGED 27
BERNARD LENS, III
London 1682 - 1740
SELF-PORTRAIT AGED 27
Watercolour and bodycolour, heightened with gold on ivory, gilt-wood frame;
signed with the artist's monogram lower left: BL, further signed and inscribed on the backing card: Bernard Lens Junj / Pictor Painted by himse [sic] / Feb: ye: 5:1708 Age 27:
78 by 56 mm.
At 8.30 some paint loss to margin, otherwise good save some surface dust and tiny spots of paint loss. Overall impression is very good.
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The Marquesses of Bristol, Ickworth;
Frederick, 7th Marquess of Bristol (d. 1999);
his sale, London, Sotheby's, 26 November 1992, lot 363
Farrer, 1908, p. 224, no. 128;
Goulding, 1916, p. 124, no. 148;
Long, 1929, p. 268;
Kerslake, 1977, vol. I, p. 167, vol. II, no. 462
London, 1862, no. 2016 (lent by the Marquess of Bristol)
Dated 1708 this is a remarkably early example of an artist using ivory as the ground for the portrait. Lens has shown great skill in overcoming the difficulties that artists of his generation faced when painting on this new ground. Unlike many of his commissioned portraits, that can have a doll-like quality, this self-portrait is engagingly life-like.