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Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset

1 of 19 portraits on display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
circa 1697
36 in. x 28 in. (914 mm x 711 mm)
NPG 3204

Inscriptionback to top

Signed, lower right: GKneller (GK in monogram).

This portraitback to top

The Kit-Cat Club portrait. He holds the lord chamberlain’s wand. This appears to be the earliest of the Kit-Cat portraits.
A copy at Knole was listed in 1929 [1] and Vertue listed an ‘Earl of Dorsett ½ by Kneller’ at Wimpole. [2]

Footnotesback to top

1) C. J. Phillips, History of the Sackville Family, 1929, II, p 453.
2) G. Vertue, Notebooks, Wal. Soc., XVIII, 1930, I, p 138.

Referenceback to top

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 112.

Stewart 1983
J. D. Stewart, Godfrey Kneller, 1983, no.235.

Exhibitionsback to top

Beningbrough 1978–.

Reproductionsback to top

Simon (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 52); J. Faber II 1734 (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 208/13) suggesting that the coat in NPG 3204 has lost much of its modelling.


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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