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Sir John Vanbrugh

Sir John Vanbrugh, by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt, circa 1705 -NPG 3231 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Sir John Vanbrugh

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
circa 1705
36 in. x 28 in. (914 mm x 711 mm)
NPG 3231

This portraitback to top

The Kit-Cat Club portrait. Vanbrugh wears the badge of the Clarenceux King of Arms (ar., a cross gu., with crest gu. a lion or). Two drawings of this type by Edward Byng are in the British Museum. [1]

Footnotesback to top

1) E. Croft-Murray, Decorative Painting in England, II, The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, 1960, p 241 (1897.8.13.7; Byng 6:f.46v), and p 245 (1897.8.13.8; Byng 7:f.18v).

Referenceback to top

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 356 as c.1704-10?.

Stewart 1983
J. D. Stewart, Godfrey Kneller, 1983, no.812 as c.1705.

Exhibitionsback to top

Art Treasures, Manchester, 1857, British Portrait Gallery 266; Second Special Exhibition of National Portraits ( ... William and Mary to MDCCC), South Kensington, 1867, no.112; Royal House of Guelph, New Gallery, London, 1891, no.199; Frameworks, Paul Mitchell Gallery, London, 1996–97, no.145.

Reproductionsback to top

J. Simon (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 154); J. Faber II 1733 (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 208/29) suggesting his left arm is rubbed in the painting.

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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