One of a set of ninety photographic magic lantern slides containing images of artefacts, art works, decorative arts, interiors and furniture which appear to belong to various museum and gallery collections in the United Kingdom. This slide depicts William Kent, and was painted by Bartholomew Dandridge circa 1736. The painting is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London.

William Kent (c 1685-1748) was a British architect, landscape designer and furniture designer. As an architect he designed a number of public buildings in London: the Royal Mews at Charing Cross, and the Treasury Buildings and Horse Guards building at Whitehall. He also designed domed pavilions at Badminton House and Euston Hall, and the interiors of Houghton Hall and Holkham Hall, for which he designed complementary furniture.

The Francis Collection of pre-cinematic apparatus and ephemera was acquired by the Australian and Victorian Governments in 1975. David Francis was the curator of the National Film and Sound Archive of the British Film Institute as well as being a co-founder of the Museum of the Moving Image in London, which was operational between 1988 and 1999.

Description of Content

Portrait of British architect William Kent. Kent is wearing a soft cap, open jacket and white shirt with an open collar. His proper right arm is resting on the corner of a cabinet.

Physical Description

Standard format (3¼ x 3¼ inch square) lantern slide, comprising black & white photograph printed on glass with white paper edging under a protective glass cover plate.

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