Charming minature painting of a pretty blue-eyed lady by eighteenth-century artist Peter Paul Lens, devil-worshipper, reprobate and son of the better-known Bernard Lens III.
Lens, who spent some time in Ireland during his misbegotten youth, was a founder member of the now-forgotten Blasters, a Dublin-based Satanist society which, in the course of its short public existence – rumour has it that it survives privately to this day – provoked a House of Lords inquiry, a bishop’s diatribe and the eventual expulsion of Lens to England, where he lived an (apparently) quiet life until his early death in 1747.
He’s now best known for a posthumous appearance in the Barbara Cartland novel ‘A Frame of Dreams’ (entire text, beginning “The Marquis of Ruckford permitted his valet to assist him out of his evening coat,” available here)
Rather unfair since his minatures of women in particular are quite good and seriously under-priced; here’s another one below (click to enlarge).
Another member of the Blasters was the artist James Worsdale, who painted this portrait of its better-known rival in debauchery, the Hell-Fire Club.More about art and Satanism in eighteenth-century Dublin later. Much later.