Looking Dapper

Andrew Benjamin Lens


This young Georgian gentleman is fashionably dressed in a collarless blue coat trimmed with gold braid over a striking red waistcoat, frilled shirt and white stock. His unpowdered hair is worn en queue and tied with black ribbon. Traditionally the portrait is said to depict a gentleman of the Reynell family, possibly of Devon. It is set in the original frame that is reeded on the sides and enclosed on the reverse.

Although unsigned, the portrait displays the traits of Andrew Benjamin Lens’ work with particularly fine detailing to the richness of the costume.

Born around 1713, Andrew Benjamin Lens was the son of Bernard Lens III, also a miniature painter and a pioneer of the use of ivory as a base for miniature painting in Britain. Andrew Benjamin would have studied under and been influenced in his technique by his father. He exhibited in London between 1764 and 1779.


Item Ref. 5040

Size: framed, 43 x 35mm