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Sir John Leman

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1632 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood and oil paint with restored frame.

  • Credit Line:

    The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On display at Fishmonger's Hall, London

Sir Arthur Gilbert and his wife Rosalinde formed one of the world's great decorative art collections, including silver, mosaics, enamelled portrait miniatures and gold boxes. Arthur Gilbert donated his extraordinary collection to Britain in 1996.

This painting is on long-term loan to Leman House, Ballygate, Beccles.

Physical description

An oil on panel portrait of Sir John Leman in mayoral robes, wearing a chain of office with pendant jewel and holding a pair of gloves. In the background the arms of the sitter and an inscription which reads: "Sir John Leman, Knt. / Lord Mayor of London. / AD 1616. AEtat 89".

Place of Origin

London (probably, made)


ca. 1632 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Wood and oil paint with restored frame.

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed 'Sir John Leman, Knt. / Lord Mayor of London. / AD 1616. AEtat 89'.
On upper right corner


Height: 135 cm, Width: 101 cm, Depth: 8 cm, Weight: 13 kg painting only, Weight: 8 kg slip frame only

Object history note

Provenance: By descent to the Rev. George Orgill Leman, Brampton Hall, 1847. R. G. Kahn Esq., 1950s. S. J. Phillips, Nov, 1998.

Descriptive line

Painting of Lord Mayor of London, oil on panel, London, about 1632

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Suckling, Alfred. The History and Antiquities of the County of Suffolk. London, 1846, vol. II, pp. 183-85.
Weinstein, Rosemary. 'The Making of a Lord Mayor, Sir John Leman (1544-1632): the integration of a stranger family'. Proceedings of the Huguenot Society of London, Vol. XXIV, No. 4, 1986; pp.316-24.

Production Note

One of four extant versions, the original attributed to Levinus de Vogelaare. This version must post-date the death of the sitter in 1632 because his final age is given.


Wood; Oil colour


Framing; Painting (image-making)

Subjects depicted

Jewellery; Ruff; Arms; Chain; Robes


Paintings; Portraits


Metalwork Collection

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