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Qualifications
etcher, engraver (printmaker), painter, watercolorist, court painter, copyist, miniaturist painter, draftsman
according to Thieme/Becker 1929, he was mostly famous for his copies after Anthony van Dyck and Peter Paul Rubens
Nationality/school
English
Born
London (England) 1680/1682
Deceased
Knightsbridge (London) 1740-12-24
Family relationships
this field records any family relationship to one or more other artist(s).
son and pupil of Bernard Lens (II) (1659-1725), brother of the drawing masters John and Edward Lens. 1706 marriage to Katherine Woods, father of Peter Paul Lens (c. 1714-1750) and Andrew Benjamin Lens (c. 1713-1779);
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  • Londen (Engeland) 1702 - 1740
    From 1698 apprenticeship with the engraver John Sturt, his father's business partner. He attended the Academy, founded in 1711 by Godfrey Kneller. Since 1720 court (miniatures) painter to George I and also George II, drawing master of the Duke of Cumberland and the princesses Mary and Louisa; Also teacher of Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford, and Margaret Cavendish-Bentinck, Duchess of Portland. 1729 Freeman of the Goldsmiths' Company. Member of the artists' association Rose & Crown Club, to which i.a. Christian Friedrich Zincke, George Vertue and William Hogarth also belong.
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Subjects
This field specifies the various subject categories or genres that constitute the oeuvre of the artist in question. The contents of this field are generally based more on the documentation available at the RKD than on the literature.
architecture (genre), history (as a genre), landscape (as genre), portrait, topography, trompe-l'oeil (still life)
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maakte gouaches naar Rubens
Creation date: 1992-01-12; Last modified date: 2020-08-17

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