Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington and 4th Earl of Cork; Lady Jane Boyle

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Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington and 4th Earl of Cork; Lady Jane Boyle, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, (circa 1700) - NPG 2495 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington and 4th Earl of Cork; Lady Jane Boyle

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on panel, (circa 1700)
14 3/4 in. x 9 3/4 in. (375 mm x 248 mm)
Bequeathed by Edmund Montagu Boyle, 1931
Primary Collection
NPG 2495


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  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1673 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.

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Burlington was the greatest promoter of the neo-classical 'Palladian' style in architecture and garden design. Admirers of the Italian Palladian saw England as the true heir to the glories of classical Rome. This portrait shows Burlington aged about six and is, therefore, somewhat prophetic. Adopting a long-standing tradition of painting children in 'Roman' costume, Kneller has shown Burlington in ancient sandals, classical drapery and with a commanding gesture that sets him apart from his more naturalistically depicted sister, Jane. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).

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