Wesley Portraits

John WesleyJohn Wesley
by J.M. Williams (1710 – c.1780), ca. 1742

A copy of the earliest authenticated portrait of John Wesley, which was engraved a number of times and probably the most familiar image of him for at least the first twenty-five years of his evangelistic career. The original painting is at Wesley College, Bristol, England. Little is known of the artist, although he did paint Susanna Wesley in 1737.


Charles WesleyCharles Wesley
artist and date unknown

This portrait of Charles Wesley includes a spray of lilies, probably symbolizing purity, so it is known as the “lily portrait.” The original painting is at the Wesleys’ birthplace, Epworth Old Rectory, Lincolnshire, England.


© These portraits have been provided for use courtesy of the Methodist Studies Unit, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England, through the kind services of Peter Forsaith.