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King George I

4 of 52 portraits of King George I

King George I, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, (circa 1714) - NPG 488 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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King George I

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on copper, (circa 1714)
6 5/8 in. x 5 5/8 in. (168 mm x 143 mm) oval
Purchased, 1877
Primary Collection
NPG 488

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  • King George I (1660-1727), Reigned 1714-27. Sitter associated with 52 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1678 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.

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A small copy showing the King with the collar of a Knight of the Garter over his coronation robes. 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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Current affairs

Queen Anne dies at Kensington Palace aged 49, on 1st August. The same day, under the Act of Regency, the regency council proclaims James I's great-grandson, George, elector of Hanover, king of Great Britain and Ireland, thus transferring the crown from the house of Stuart to the house of Hanover.

Art and science

Writer and politician, Sir Richard Steele, accepts the post of governorship for the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Tenison, founds one of the first co-educational schools in Croydon. The Longitude Act offers a reward for the invention of a method of precisely determining a ship's longitude.


Despite the peace accord at Utrecht in 1713, ratification of the treaties of Rastatt and Baden are required to end the continued hostilities in the War of the Spanish Succession between the French king Louis XIV and Charles VI Archduke of Austria and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.

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