George Byng, Viscount Torrington K B First Commissioner of the Admiralty

A three-quarter-length portrait of George Byng (1663–1733) in a long wig and metal breastplate, holding his sword in his left hand and resting his right arm on a stone plinth beside a baton of command. He stands in front of a tree on the left and a naval engagement on the right. Lettered beneath the image with the title, ‘George Byng, Viscount Torrington, K. B. First Commissioner of the Admiralty. Painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller. Presented to Greenwich Hospital by His Majesty King George the Fourth.’ Also lettered with the publication details: ‘Engraved by W. H. Mote. / London. Published June 1, 1831 by Harding & Lepard, Pall Mall East.’ This portrait was engraved by William Henry Mote after Godfrey Kneller’s oil painting of 1707–9, which is now in the collection of the National Maritime Museum (see BHC2589). Kneller’s portrait was commissioned by Queen Anne and her consort Prince George of Denmark and remained in the Royal Collection until it was presented to Greenwich Hospital by King George IV. This print was published by Harding & Lepard as an illustration in E. H. Locker's ‘Memoirs of Celebrated Naval Commanders...’ (1831). Mounted on page with PAI2453, and in album with PAI2280–PAI2453, PAI2455–PAI2464; page 96. (Updated May 2019.)

Object Details

ID: PAI2454
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Harding & Lepard; Kneller, Godfrey Mote, William Henry
Date made: 1 Jun 1831
People: Byng, George
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Sheet: 245 x 182 mm
Parts: Album of Biographical Illustrations of various famous people, clergymen, dignitaries and noblemen associated with Devonshire, including some admirals (Album)

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