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Queen Anne and the Knights of the Garter

2 of 7 portraits of Charles Talbot, 1st Duke of Shrewsbury

Queen Anne and the Knights of the Garter, by Peter Angelis, 1720s - NPG 624 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Queen Anne and the Knights of the Garter

by Peter Angelis
oil on canvas, 1720s
24 1/2 in. x 29 1/2 in. (622 mm x 749 mm)
Purchased, 1881
Primary Collection
NPG 624

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This group portrait of the court of Queen Anne is thought to show the institution of the new Knights of the Garter at a ceremony held at Kensington Palace on 4 August 1713, the year before the queen's death. Though the six knights then invested with the insignia of the Order cannot be individually identified in the picture, they were all of high rank, and included most notably the politician Robert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford, and the erstwhile soldier and diplomat Charles Mordaunt, 3rd Earl of Peterborough. This scene is the work of Peter Angelis, a Flemish artist who worked in London (c.1716-28) painting small conversation pieces, and may have belonged to an intended series of paintings illustrating Stuart history.

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