1 of 18 portraits of William Congreve
- Extended Catalogue Entry
by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, 1709
36 in. x 28 in. (914 mm x 711 mm)
Given by the Art Fund, 1945
Artistback to top
- Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 1682 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.
Related worksback to top
- NPG 67: William Congreve (after)
- NPG D11503: William Congreve (from same plate)
- NPG D14564: Felice Giardini (source portrait)
- NPG D19695: William Congreve (from same plate)
- NPG D33132: William Congreve (from same plate)
- NPG D1515: William Congreve (from same plate)
- NPG D1516: William Congreve (from same plate)
- NPG D19222: William Congreve (from same plate)
- NPG D19240: William Congreve (source portrait)
- NPG D19669: William Congreve (source portrait)
- NPG D20958: William Congreve (from same plate)
- NPG D20959: William Congreve (from same plate)
- NPG D27306: William Congreve (from same plate)
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, 2009, p. 53
- Piper, David, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery, 1625-1714, 1963, p. 80
- Ribeiro, Aileen, The Gallery of Fashion, 2000, p. 96
- Ribeiro, Aileen; Blackman, Cally, A Portrait of Fashion: Six Centuries of Dress at the National Portrait Gallery, 2015, p. 115
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 139
- Schama, Simon, The Face of Britain: The Nation Through its Portraits, 2015-09-15, p. 78
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Events of 1709back to top
Current affairsPolitical struggle develops between the Whigs and Queen Anne over the succession to the post of Lord High Admiral following the death of the queen's consort, Prince George. The Whig, Robert Walpole, Earl of Orford, eventually wins the post.
Unusually cold winter in England and across Europe.
Art and sciencePublisher and secretary of the Kit-cat Club, Jacob Tonson, senior and poet John Dryden, include Alexander Pope's first publication, his poem, Pastorals, in the sixth edition of their Miscellany Poems.
Dramatist, Nicholas Rowe, edits the first modern edition of Shakespeare's plays.
The Tatler is founded by essayist Sir Richard Steele.
InternationalAmbassador to The Hague, Charles Townshend, Viscount Townshend, negotiates the barrier treaty with Holland, guaranteeing provision of fortresses in the Southern Netherlands and safeguarding the Hanoverian succession in England. Townshend also enters serious negotiations for peace with France.
Battle of Malplaquet results in stalemate between the warring factions.
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