Henry Bankes II (1757–1834), MP

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Henry Bankes the younger had this portrait painted for his mother whilst he was on his Grand Tour in Rome in 1779. He chose the most famous portrait painter there at the time, Pompeo Batoni. However, he thought it 'a melancholy cold picture, whose only merit is being simple and having nothing offensive'. On his return, he expanded Kingston Hall, which later became Kingston Lacy. He married the society beauty Frances Woodley in 1784.

National Trust, Kingston Lacy

Wimborne Minster


Henry Bankes II (1757–1834), MP




oil on canvas


H 99 x W 72.5 cm

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bequeathed by Ralph Bankes, 1981

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Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 4EA England

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