Richard Boyle, 2nd Viscount Shannon

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Richard Boyle, 2nd Viscount Shannon, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, circa 1710 - NPG 3235 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Richard Boyle, 2nd Viscount Shannon

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1710
36 in. x 28 in. (914 mm x 711 mm)
Given by The Art Fund, 1945
Primary Collection
NPG 3235


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  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1671 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.

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This unfinished Kit-Cat Club portrait provides a rare insight into the working methods of the early eighteenth century's leading portraitist. First the canvas was nailed onto its stretcher and primed with a standard grey-green 'ground'. Kneller then painted in the face, probably while the sitter was present. After sketching a few details to indicate wig, pose and hand, Kneller passed the canvas to his team of assistants who each specialised in one aspect of the composition from costume, to props and backgrounds.

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  • NPG D33119: Richard Boyle, 2nd Viscount Shannon (source portrait)

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