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43 Portraits in set:

The Kit-cat Club portraits: paintings by Sir Godfrey Kneller, circa 1697-1721

These portraits are of a group of influential men pledged to uphold the 'Glorious Revolution' of 1688 and the Protestant succession. Founded by Somers, the Lord Chancellor and the publisher Tonson, the club began meeting in Christopher Cat's tavern near Temple Bar, and took its name from his mutton pies known as Kit-cats. Members included Whig MPs and landowners as well as writers. The artist, Kneller, adopted a standard 'kit-cat' format of 36 x 28 inches instead of the standard 30 x 25 inches for the portraits. In the 1730s they hung in a special room which Tonson junior had built at his house at Barn Elms.

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Charles Dartiquenave, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3201

Charles Dartiquenave

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, based on a work of 1702
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 3201

Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3210

Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1703
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3210

Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3224

Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1703
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3224

Sir Samuel Garth, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3208

Sir Samuel Garth

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1705
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3208

Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3211

Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1705
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3211

Sir John Vanbrugh, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3231

Sir John Vanbrugh

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1705
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3231

George Stepney, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3228

George Stepney

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1707
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3228

William Walsh, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, and  studio of Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3232

William Walsh

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, and studio of Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1708
On display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 3232

William Congreve, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3199

William Congreve

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1709
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3199

Evelyn Pierrepont, 1st Duke of Kingston, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 3213

Evelyn Pierrepont, 1st Duke of Kingston

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1709
On display in Room 9 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3213