© National Portrait Gallery, London
Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford
by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt Click on the links below to find out more
oil on canvas, circa 1715
36 in. x 28 in. (914 mm x 711 mm)
Given by the Art Fund, 1945
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1680 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
- NPG D19606: Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford (source portrait)
- NPG D33120: Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford (source portrait)
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