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Abraham Stanyan

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

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Abraham Stanyan

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
circa 1714-1716
36 in. x 28 in. (914 mm x 711 mm)
NPG 3226

Inscriptionback to top

Signed, lower left (behind his right elbow): GK in monogram.

This portraitback to top

The Kit-Cat Club portrait. It is difficult to date, but was probably painted between Stanyan’s return from Switzerland in 1714 and his departure for Vienna in 1716. The treatment of the background and costume is mechanical and may be studio work. An ink drawing by Edward Byng, a poor copy of NPG 3226, was exhibited in 1964. [1]

Footnotesback to top

1) Appleby, English Watercolours, 1964, no.45.

Referenceback to top

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 328.

Stewart 1983
J. D. Stewart, Godfrey Kneller, 1983, no.711 as c.1711.

Exhibitionsback to top

Beningborough 1979–.

Reproductionsback to top

J. Faber II 1733 (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 208/36).


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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