Nicholas Byfield, 1578/9 - 1622
Given to Dr Williams’s Library by John Simco, bookseller 1815
400cm x 200cm x 2cm oil on wooden panel
Nicholas Byfield, Church of England clergyman and religious writer.
A small portrait in oil on a wooden panel,
Presented to Dr Williams’ Library by Mr John Simco, Bookseller, 1815. The artist remains anonymous. John Simco 1757-1821 had engravings made from this portrait which were published in 1790.
Condition: The panel is cracked and the painting sits loosely in its frame.
Treatment required: The painting needs to be cleaned and refitted into the original frame.
Isaac Watts 1674 - 1748
76.2cm x 63.4cm Oil on canvas
Isaac Watts - Congregational minister, poet, hymn writer and author of educational manuals, including Logic 1725. Portrait: oil painting.
Painted C. 1720-1735 Description: grey eyebrows; dark grey eyes, grey wig parted in the centre; white bands and a green silk gown with russet lining; brown background; dark brown painted oval, strongly lit to the left. The National Portrait Gallery seems to have a copy of this portrait. The painting was given to the library by the executors of Mrs Abney s will.
Corporate Adoption: £4,240
We have raised £400.00. December 2017
We have a target and are trying to raise £1,000 through the Congregational and URC churches.
Condition: The surface is damaged with two deep scratches and the painting needs to be cleaned repaired and reglazed.
Treatment required: See Dr Williams’s Library website dwl.ac.uk