Bernard Lens, the younger
Also Known as: Bernard Lens III, Goupy
London, England 1682
Knightsbridge, England 1740
Luce Artist Biography
Bernard Lens represented the third generation of painters in his family, and was considered the best miniaturist of the day. Lens was the first artist to use ivory consistently for his miniatures, as most artists before him had used vellum (prepared sheepskin). He also taught drawing in London, and published books on the subject. His engravings appear in works by John Milton and Jonathan Swift. He was appointed official miniaturist to Kings George I and George II.