Missing portraits of English and Scottish divines

Discussion in 'Church History' started by Reformed Covenanter, May 20, 2019.

  1. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    Does anyone have any idea why portraits of the divines listed below appear not to have survived? All the men listed below were fairly prominent, thus making it appear odd that no portrait of them was taken during their lifetime.

    John Arrowsmith
    Lewis Bayly
    Anthony Burgess
    Cornelis Burgess
    Michael Bruce
    David Dickson
    John Dove
    George Downame
    James Durham
    James Fergusson
    Edward Fisher
    Thomas Gataker
    William Gurnall
    Stephen Marshall
    John Reading
    Alexander Shields
    Thomas Vincent

    Those are all the names that I can think of for the time being.
     
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  2. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    Was there some who were reticent (modesty, some other reason) to have a portrait done? Was it that commonplace? Or considered extravagant? Durham may not have had the money. I recently learned he's buried in the crypt in Glasgow Cathedral; or at least is said to be but it is under renovations so was not a 100% confirmation.
     
  3. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    Those sound like plausible explanations. In the case of Alexander Shields and others, it may have been to evade persecution. I still find it odd that men like Burgess and Marshall, who preached in front of parliament, did not have even a pencil sketch taken of them.

    P.S. I have added Cornelis Burgess to the list.
     
  4. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    Francis Cheynell is another one that I could add to the list.
     
  5. ZackF

    ZackF Puritan Board Graduate

    Chris said something about money. Since some of them died so young, it would make sense that could be an issue.
     
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  6. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

    Wasn't Edward Fisher unknown until Thomas Boston made him famous? I think he died in debt.
     
  7. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

  8. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    It is the one that my friend, Crawford Gribben chose to use on the front cover of his recent biography of John Owen. I wonder if there are pictures of some of the above-mentioned divines in the Oxford libraries or colleges?
     
  9. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    Indeed. That is how I became aware of this photo.

    There have to be some paintings collecting dust in an attic or in someone's private collection. Please let me know if you happen upon one of Anthony Burgess and John Arrowsmith.
     
  10. ZackF

    ZackF Puritan Board Graduate

    Some also could have been lost in the great fire.
     
  11. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    The Great Fire and others; there is the parliament fire that destroyed records and manuscripts like any original Westminster Assembly papers in 1834. It is possible I suppose some portraits survive in private hands or just put away, though I suspect being art less likely than manuscript. There are a lot of manuscripts hidden in plain sight. The descriptions tend to be inadequate so you never know what may be hiding in a nondescript "contains sermons" etc. volume.
     
  12. Don Kistler

    Don Kistler Puritan Board Sophomore

    I have many that I purchased in print shops in Bath, Oxford, Cambridge, and London. I was also able to find many in the National Portrait Gallery in London. If they exist and anybody knows about them, they'll likely be there.
     
  13. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    Do you have any of Anthony Burgess?
     
  14. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    Does a portrait exist of Robert Baillie? I have seen some put forth but it is more cases of misidentification.
     
  15. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    This greatly pains me. I would imagine this is indeed the primary cause for the lack of portraits as well.
     
  16. Don Kistler

    Don Kistler Puritan Board Sophomore

  17. Nomos

    Nomos Puritan Board Freshman

  18. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    Another one is Daniel Cawdrey.
     
  19. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    George Swinnock is another one that has slipped through the net. I was sure that I had seen a portrait of him before, but when I went to search for one it was nowhere to be found.
     

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