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James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
circa 1710
36 in. x 28 in. (914 mm x 711 mm)
NPG 3225

Inscriptionback to top

Signed, lower left: G.Kneller (GK in monogram).

This portraitback to top

The Kit-Cat Club portrait.
A drawing of this type by Edward Byng is in the British Museum. [1]

Footnotesback to top

1) E. Croft-Murray & P. Hulton, British Museum, Catalogue of British Drawings: XVI and XVII centuries, 1960, p 224 (1897.8.13.6; Byng 5:f.9r).

Referenceback to top

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 326 as c.1705-10.

Stewart 1983
J. D. Stewart, Godfrey Kneller, 1983, no.707 as c.1710.

Exhibitionsback to top

British Painting 1600–1800, Sydney/Melbourne, 1977–78, no.18; Beningbrough 1980–.

Reproductionsback to top

J. Simon c.1710 (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 140);1 J. Faber II 1734 (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 208/20).

1 Lettered: Generall and Commander in Chief of Her Majesties Forces in Spain, Her Majesties Envoy Extraordinar & Plenipotentiary to His Catholick Majesty, indicating a date before 1710. Simon’s print shows a large thistle on the left, perhaps, as Piper suggested, the engraver's embellishment.


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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