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An unknown Gentleman


Artist: Peter Paul Lens

Signed in monogram on the obverse
Set in the original gold coloured frame

Peter was the son of Bernard Lens, the first artist in England to use ivory as a base upon which to paint miniatures and he was the brother of Andrew Benjamin Lens, also a miniature artist. He was in Dublin in 1737 and was a prominent member of the 'Blasters' club, which was a club similar to the Hell-Fire Club. He was prosecuted for being a Blaster and warrants were issued for his arrest, he avoided being captured and returned to the UK
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Year                 Early 1730's
Literature                 The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published, 2009), pp 7, 24 (# 63).
Paul Caffrey, John Comerford and the Portrait Miniature in Ireland c. 1620-1850, at the Kilkenny Archaeological Society, 1999, p. 21, Number 10, illu
Exhibition                 Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
Condition                 Fleck of paint missing on the last button on the sitter's coat.
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