William Cowper, 1st Earl Cowper (1665-1723) politician; Lord Chancellor

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand
  • 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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    People
    Cowper, William, 1st Earl Cowper
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    Materials & Techniques
    mezzotint
  • Details
    Title
    William Cowper, 1st Earl Cowper (1665-1723) politician; Lord Chancellor
    Date
    1707
    Medium
    Mezzotint
    Acquisition
    Purchased from F B Daniell, March 1971
    GAC number
    14831