King James II and VII (1633-1701) Reigned 1685-8, as Duke of York

  • About the work
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Royal Hospital, Chelsea (long-term loans)

    Interpretation about this artwork is under review

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  • About the artist
    John Riley, born in London, was justly described by Horace Walpole as one of the best native painters who had then flourished in England. However, his talents have been somewhat obscured by the fame of Kneller. Charles II sat for Riley (his three-quarter length portrait is now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford) and, in 1689, Riley was jointly appointed ‘Principal Painter’ to William III and Queen Mary, with Kneller. Riley's pupils included Anthony Russell, Edward Gouge, Thomas Murray and Jonathan Richardson Riley the elder. He died in London and was buried in Bishopsgate Church in the City.
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    James II and VII
    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    King James II and VII (1633-1701) Reigned 1685-8, as Duke of York
    Oil on canvas
    height: 73.00 cm, width: 60.00 cm
    Purchased from Christie's, 1936
    Christie's 1936 (or 1937)
    GAC number