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Godfrey Kneller

English painter

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
Kneller was the leading portrait painter in England during the late 17th to early 18th centuries, documenting court society for almost 40 years. He popularized the kit-cat format for portraits and was also the founding governor in 1711 of the first proper academy of art in England. Among his best works are 42 portraits of members of the famous literary association called the Kit-Cat Club, which are now in the National Portrait Gallery, London. These were painted between about 1700 and about 1720 and are of a size (36 x 28 inches) that allows a half-length portrait showing one or both hands; 'kitcat size' is now a generic term.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500015875.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to Godfrey Kneller:

Jean-Baptiste de Grateloup after Godfrey Kneller Portrait of the Poet, John Dryden, 1765 Engraving, stipple, and drypoint on thin laid paper partially mounted down on heavier laid sheet with platemark
John Faber the Younger after Godfrey Kneller Portrait of William Walsh, Esqr., 1735 Mezzotint on laid paper
John Smith after Godfrey Kneller Portrait of Sir Christopher Wren, 1713 Mezzotint on laid paper
John Smith after Godfrey Kneller Portrait of the Artist, William Van de Velde, the Younger, 1707 Mezzotint on laid paper
John Smith after Godfrey Kneller St. Catherine, 1697 Mezzotint on laid paper
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