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Mrs Rider, Sister of John Smith, Speaker of the House of Commons

John Riley (1646 - 1691)

Oil on canvas

c.1675
  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Hospitality, Lancaster House
  • About the artist
    John Riley, born in London, was justly described by Horace Walpole as one of the best native painters who had then flourished in England. However, his talents have been somewhat obscured by the fame of Kneller. Charles II sat for Riley (his three-quarter length portrait is now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford) and, in 1689, Riley was jointly appointed ‘Principal Painter’ to William III and Queen Mary, with Kneller. Riley's pupils included Anthony Russell, Edward Gouge, Thomas Murray and Jonathan Richardson Riley the elder. He died in London and was buried in Bishopsgate Church in the City.
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  • Details
    Title
    Mrs Rider, Sister of John Smith, Speaker of the House of Commons
    Date
    c.1675
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 76.50 cm, width: 63.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Agnew's, 1949
    Inscription
    none
    Provenance
    With Agnew’s Gallery, London; from whom purchased in 1949
    GAC number
    711