King George I (1660-1727) reigned 1714-1727

  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection

  • About the artist
    Godfrey Kneller was born in Lübeck, Germany. He moved to Amsterdam in 1662 to study painting under Rembrandt and Ferdinand Bol. He later trained with Gianlorenzo Bernini and Carlo Maratta in Rome. He returned to Lübeck in 1675, before moving to Hamburg and then to London to study the works of van Dyck. In England he received commissions from prominent figures, including Charles II. Charles sent Kneller to France in 1684, to paint the portrait of Louis XIV. Kneller maintained his position at court after the accession of James II in 1685 and, when William and Mary came to the throne, he and portraitist John Riley became joint Principal Painters to the Crown. Following Riley’s death, Kneller alone retained the position. He was 77 when he died.
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    George I
    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    King George I (1660-1727) reigned 1714-1727
    Oil on canvas
    height: 240.00 cm, width: 145.50 cm
    Transferred from HM Revenue and Customs, December 2012
    Acquired by Inland Revenue, Somerset House (origin/date uncertain, before 1938); transferred to Government Art Collection 2012
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