NPG Number
298
Mkey
450
Sitter/Title
William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford
Qualifier
by
Artist(s)
SirGodfreyKneller,Bt
Date made
circa 1692
Medium
oil on canvas
Credit line
© National Portrait Gallery, London
william russell 1st duke of bedford

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298

William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford

by

Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt

circa 1692

oil on canvas

© National Portrait Gallery, London

In this portrait the sitter wears the red coronation robes of a Duke beneath the blue mantle of a Knight of the Order of the Garter, folded back on one side to reveal its white lining. The Duke wears the chain of the Order of the Garter, with a jewelled pendant showing Saint George killing the dragon. On the table is the Order's plumed hat. Beneath his knee is the Garter itself, inscribed with the first two words of the motto of the order, 'Honi Soit qui mal y pense', usually translated in English as 'Evil be to him who evil thinks'.