George Lloyd (1560/1-1615) became bishop of Chester in 1604 and is best known for building Bishop Lloyd's Palace in Chester, one of Britain's most decorative timber-framed buildings.

This work is his only known portrait and was painted shortly after his consecration. Lloyd is portrayed in the standard attire of an Anglican bishop of the very early 17th century. He was attentive to his administrative duties and moderate with both Puritans and Roman Catholics. He was a skilful preacher, admired by Henry, Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester. Lloyd died in 1615 and was buried in Chester Cathedral. He became the great-grandfather of Elihu Yale, after whom Yale University, Connecticut, USA was named.

Provenance

Through the Weiss Gallery. This work was vetted by the Art Loss Register in 2008.


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