King George II (1683-1760) Reigned 1727-60, in 1716, when Prince of Wales

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Cabinet Office, 70 Whitehall
  • 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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  • Details
    Title
    King George II (1683-1760) Reigned 1727-60, in 1716, when Prince of Wales
    Date
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 244.50 cm, width: 152.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the Trustees of Edward Mark Hovell, December 1959 (previously on loan since 1937)
    Inscription
    br: George the second / when Prince of Wales. / 1716
    Provenance
    Collection of Lord Bateman, Shobdon Court, Herefordshire; by descent to the Hon. Mrs Cecilia Hovell (sister of Lord Bateman) and by whom loaned to the Office of Works or Ministry of Works from 1937 to 1952; by descent to Edward Mark Hovell and by whom loaned to the Office of Works or Ministry of Works from 1952 to 1959; from whose trustees purchased by the Ministry of Works in 1959
    GAC number
    314