William Clayton Sundon, Baron Sundon of Ardagh (1671-1752) politician

  • About the work
    Country: Ireland
    City: Dublin
    Place: British Embassy
  • 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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    Sundon, William Clayton, Baron Sundon of Ardagh
    Materials & Techniques
    canvas, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    William Clayton Sundon, Baron Sundon of Ardagh (1671-1752) politician
    Oil on canvas
    height: 116.00 cm, width: 95.50 cm
    Purchased from the Courtauld Institute, January 1979
    tl: Honorabilis admodum GULIELMUS CLAYTON Armr: / Vir Integerrimus, / Secunda jam Vice / Unus ex Honorat.mis Quaesturae Dominis, / Hanc Sui Imaginem / IOHANNI FREIND M.D. / Valetudinis suae prope desperatae / Ab illo tamen restitutae memor / Dono dedit A.D. 1728.
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