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Arnold Joost van Keppel, 1st Earl of Albemarle

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Arnold Joost van Keppel, 1st Earl of Albemarle

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
circa 1697
25 1/2 in. x 22 in. (648 mm x 559 mm)
NPG 1625

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Painted before Albemarle was made KG in 1700; Duleep Singh recorded that the original canvas is inscribed, verso: Col. Keppel and G[Kneller], implying a date before 1697 when Keppel was made an Earl.
According to Duleep Singh there was an ‘exactly similar’ portrait at Quidenham, signed and dated G. Kneller Eques pinxit 1700. [1]

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1) But this is not clear from his list of portraits at Quidenham, in which no.15, a three-quarter-length, described as signed and dated G. Kneller Eques pinxit 1700, measures 127 x 101 (Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, Portraits in Norfolk Houses, II, p 149, no.15, illus.).

Referenceback to top

Duleep Singh 1927-8
Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, Portraits in Norfolk Houses, 2 vols, 1927-28, I, p 408, no.21.

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, pp 4-5.

Stewart 1983
J. D. Stewart, Godfrey Kneller, 1983, no.29.

Provenanceback to top

[said to have been bought from Lady Thomas before 1868] Col. B. Keppel, Lexham Hall, Norfolk; his sale, Christie’s, 19 June 1911, lot 20, bought Leggatt for the NPG.

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Third and concluding Exhibition of National Portraits ( ... fortieth year of the reign of George the third to MDCCC LXVII), South Kensington, 1868, no.746, lent Col. Keppel; De Stadhouder-Koning, Amsterdam, 1950, no.588; William and Mary, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1950, no.21.


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.

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