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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Arnold Joost van Keppel, 1st Earl of Albemarle (1669-1718), General

Courtier and soldier; b. Holland, came to England as a page of honour to William III; groom of the bedchamber 1691-95; master of the robes 1696-97; maj.-gen. 1697; created Earl of Albemarle 1697; KG 1700; had replaced Portland as the King’s favourite by 1700; received a large grant of forfeited Irish lands from the King, on whose death in 1702 he returned to Holland, taking his seat among the Nobles of the States General; fought with Marlborough at Ramillies and Oudenarde.

‘He was a tolerably good-looking man, well made on a small scale, hiding under the curls of a vast blonde perruque a wine stain he had on one cheek’ (anon. contemporary, see M. Grew, William Bentinck and William III, 1924).

‘beautiful in his person; open and free in his Conversation; very expensive in his Manner of Living; about Thirty Years old’ (J. Macky, Characters of the Court of Great Britain, 1733).


This extended catalogue entry is from the National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, National Portrait Gallery, 2009, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.