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43 Portraits in set:

The Kit-cat Club portraits: paintings by Sir Godfrey Kneller, circa 1697-1721

These portraits are of a group of influential men pledged to uphold the 'Glorious Revolution' of 1688 and the Protestant succession. Founded by Somers, the Lord Chancellor and the publisher Tonson, the club began meeting in Christopher Cat's tavern near Temple Bar, and took its name from his mutton pies known as Kit-cats. Members included Whig MPs and landowners as well as writers. The artist, Kneller, adopted a standard 'kit-cat' format of 36 x 28 inches instead of the standard 30 x 25 inches for the portraits. In the 1730s they hung in a special room which Tonson junior had built at his house at Barn Elms.

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Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3204

Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1697
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 3204

John Vaughan, 3rd Earl of Carbery, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3196

John Vaughan, 3rd Earl of Carbery

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1700s
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 3196

Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3197

Charles Howard, 3rd Earl of Carlisle

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1700-1712
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 3197

Edmund Dunch, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3206

Edmund Dunch

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1700s
NPG 3206

Charles Dartiquenave, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3201

Charles Dartiquenave

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, (1702)
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 3201

Joseph Addison, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3193

Joseph Addison

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1703-1712
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3193

Charles Fitzroy, 2nd Duke of Grafton, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3210

Charles Fitzroy, 2nd Duke of Grafton

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1703-1705
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3210

Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3211

Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1703-1710
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3211

Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond and Lennox, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3221

Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond and Lennox

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1703-1710
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 3221

Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3224

Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1703
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3224

Sir John Vanbrugh, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3231

Sir John Vanbrugh

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1704-1710
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3231

Charles Cornwallis, 4th Baron Cornwallis, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3200

Charles Cornwallis, 4th Baron Cornwallis

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1705-1715
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 3200

John Dormer, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3203

John Dormer

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1705-1710
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 3203

Algernon Capel, 2nd Earl of Essex, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3207

Algernon Capel, 2nd Earl of Essex

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1705
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 3207

Sir Samuel Garth, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3208

Sir Samuel Garth

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1705-1710
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3208

James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3225

James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1705-1710
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 3225

George Stepney, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3228

George Stepney

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1705-1708
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3228

John Tidcomb, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3229

John Tidcomb

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1705-1710
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 3229

Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3214

Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1706-1711
On display at Royal Military School of Music, London
NPG 3214

Charles Mohun, 4th Baron Mohun, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3218

Charles Mohun, 4th Baron Mohun

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1707
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 3218

William Walsh, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3232

William Walsh

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1708
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 3232

Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3234

Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1708-1710
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3234

William Congreve, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3199

William Congreve

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1709
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3199

Evelyn Pierrepont, 1st Duke of Kingston, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3213

Evelyn Pierrepont, 1st Duke of Kingston

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1709
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3213

John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3219

John Montagu, 2nd Duke of Montagu

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1709
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 3219

James Berkeley, 3rd Earl of Berkeley, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3195

James Berkeley, 3rd Earl of Berkeley

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1710
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3195

Richard Temple, 1st Viscount Cobham, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3198

Richard Temple, 1st Viscount Cobham

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1710-1713
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3198

William Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Devonshire, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3202

William Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Devonshire

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1710-1716
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 3202

Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3205

Lionel Sackville, 1st Duke of Dorset

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1710-1712
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3205

Francis Godolphin, 2nd Earl of Godolphin, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3209

Francis Godolphin, 2nd Earl of Godolphin

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1710-1712
NPG 3209

Charles Montagu, 1st Duke of Manchester, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3216

Charles Montagu, 1st Duke of Manchester

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1710-1712
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 3216

Arthur Maynwaring, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3217

Arthur Maynwaring

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1710
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3217

Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3220

Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1710-1715
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3220

Abraham Stanyan, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3226

Abraham Stanyan

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1710-1711
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 3226

Thomas Wharton, 1st Marquess of Wharton, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3233

Thomas Wharton, 1st Marquess of Wharton

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1710-1715
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3233

John Somers, Baron Somers, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3223

John Somers, Baron Somers

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, before 1711
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3223

Sir Richard Steele, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3227

Sir Richard Steele

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1711
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3227

Thomas Hopkins, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3212

Thomas Hopkins

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1715
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 3212

William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3194

William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1717
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3194

Richard Lumley, 2nd Earl of Scarbrough, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3222

Richard Lumley, 2nd Earl of Scarbrough

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1717
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 3222

Jacob Tonson I, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3230

Jacob Tonson I

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1717
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3230

Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne; Henry Clinton, 7th Earl of Lincoln, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3215

Thomas Pelham-Holles, 1st Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne; Henry Clinton, 7th Earl of Lincoln

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1721
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3215