- Extended catalogue entry
Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue
by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
35 3/4 in. x 27 3/4 in. (908 mm x 705 mm)
Inscriptionback to top
Signed, lower left: GK (monogram).
This portraitback to top
The Kit-Cat Club portrait. The identity was previously confused with that of other members of the Dormer family.  The face mask reverses that in the three-quarter-length at Rousham, and the casual gown contrasts with that buttoned coat.
A drawing of this type by Edward Byng is in the British Museum. 
Footnotesback to top
1) E.g. H. Bromley, Catalogue of Engraved British Portraits, 1793, II, p 286 as Gen. John Dormer (d. 1741), followed by J. Caulfield ed., Memoirs of the Celebrated Persons Comprising the Kit-Cat Club, 1821, p 209.
2) E. Croft-Murray & P. Hulton, British Museum, Catalogue of British Drawings: XVI and XVII centuries, 1960, p 240 (18188.8.131.52; Byng 6:f.42v).
Referenceback to top
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 111 as c.1710.
J. D. Stewart, Godfrey Kneller, 1983, no.231 as c.1705.
Exhibitionsback to top
Reproductionsback to top
J. Faber II 1733 (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 208/37).
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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