Sidney, 1st Earl Godolphin (1645-1712) politician and financier

  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Downing Street
  • 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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    Godolphin, Sidney, 1st Earl of Godolphin
    Materials & Techniques
    lithograph, photolithograph
  • Details
    Sidney, 1st Earl Godolphin (1645-1712) politician and financier
    Presented for the Treasury Boardroom by Sir Reginald Welby, May 1893
    Presented to Treasury Boardroom by Sir Reginald Welby in May 1893
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