by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, feigned oval, 1698
29 7/8 in. x 24 3/4 in. (759 mm x 629 mm)
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- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1672 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
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This informal portrait shows Papillon in a casual silk gown and without a wig, focussing on his character rather than his public achievements. His relaxed pose, the head turned to the viewer and one hand raised to the chest, was made popular by Kneller.