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Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset
by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, circa 1697
36 in. x 28 in. (914 mm x 711 mm)
Given by the Art Fund, 1945
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1679 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
In this portrait he wears the star of the Garter, which he received in 1692. He also holds the white staff of Lord Chamberlain, but he neglected his duties in this post and there was general relief when he stood down.
- NPG D19661: Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset (source portrait)
- NPG D33104: Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset (source portrait)
- Ingamells, John, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, 2009, p. 77
- Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 112
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 184
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