Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt

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Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, circa 1706-1711
18 1/4 in. x 14 in. (464 mm x 356 mm)
Given by the Art Fund, 1945
Primary Collection
NPG 3214

On display in Room 8 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery

Sitterback to top

  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Sitter associated with 30 portraits, Artist or producer associated with 1689 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (1646-1723), Portrait painter. Artist or producer associated with 1689 portraits, Sitter associated with 30 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D19209: Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (source portrait)
  • NPG D19251: Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (source portrait)
  • NPG D33091: Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (source portrait)
  • NPG D3439: Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (source portrait)
  • NPG D30409: Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (source portrait)

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Ingamells, John, Later Stuart Portraits 1685-1714, 2009, p. 141
  • Rideal, Liz, Insights: Self-portraits, 2005, p. 54 Read entry

    Kneller’s self-portrait shows him richly dressed, with a full wig, sword and a gold chain presented to him by William III in 1699. In the background is Kneller’s house, Whitton Hall, Twickenham, built between 1709 and 1711. He trained in Amsterdam under Rembrandt’s pupil Ferdinand Bol and arrived in England in 1674. He became sole Principal Painter to the King in 1691 and was knighted the following year.

  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 357

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Current affairs

The Regency Bill passes in Parliament. John Somers, Baron Somers, and Thomas Wharton, Marquess of Wharton, as prominent supporters of the Protestant succession, are instrumental in formulating legislation which provide for an emergency Council of Sate to convene upon the death of Queen Anne, pending arrival of the Hanoverian successor.

Art and science

Publication of Horae lyricae, by hymn writer Isaac Watts. A dissenting minister, Watts is recognised as the 'Father of English Hymnody'.
Publication of Synopsis Palmariorum Matheseos, a mathematical guide for beginners by mathematician William Jones.
Thomas Twining opens a tea room in London.


Allied forces under Commander-in-chief, John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, defeat Louis XIV's army at the Battle of Ramillies. The most successful campaign in Marlborough's career, victory at Ramillies and a string of subsequent military successes for the allies establishes their control of the Southern Netherlands.

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