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Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt

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Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, 1685 - NPG 3794 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 1685
29 3/4 in. x 24 3/4 in. (756 mm x 629 mm)
Purchased, 1951
Primary Collection
NPG 3794

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  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Sitter associated with 30 portraits, Artist associated with 1680 portraits.

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  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1680 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.

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Born in Germany, Kneller trained as an artist in Amsterdam and then in Italy. He settled in England in 1676 and gained an introduction to Court circles through the Duke of Monmouth. Dashing and worldly, he rapidly established an extremely successful business as a portrait painter. His production was immense, and his large team of assistants formed virtually a factory; the standard product was mechanical and lifeless, yet Kneller's individual masterpieces rank as high as any portraits produced in Europe in his time. This self-portrait of 1685 demonstrates his power as an artist before it was diluted by mass production.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D11493: Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (source portrait)
  • NPG D3498: Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (source portrait)
  • NPG D36898: Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (source portrait)
  • NPG D19603: Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (source portrait)
  • NPG D36899: Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt ()

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