Arnold Joost van Keppel, 1st Earl of Albemarle

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Arnold Joost van Keppel, 1st Earl of Albemarle, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, circa 1700 - NPG 1625 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Arnold Joost van Keppel, 1st Earl of Albemarle

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1700
25 1/2 in. x 22 in. (648 mm x 559 mm)
Purchased, 1911
Primary Collection
NPG 1625

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  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1674 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.

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Albemarle was a Dutch-born courtier who came to England as a page to William III in 1688. The king granted him an earldom and Irish lands in 1696, much to the disgust of Parliament which resented William's generosity to his Dutch favourites. Albemarle remained a particular friend of the king, and on William's death returned to Holland to pursue a military career. Known as a cheerful and generous man, he is shown in this portrait wearing armour and the magnificent wig which, it is said, he wore to cover a port-wine mark that he had on his cheek.

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