Queen Anne (1665-1714) Reigned 1702-14

Sir Godfrey, (after) Kneller

Oil on canvas

1702-1714
  • About the work

    This portrait of Queen Anne with crown and sceptre is derived from a portrait by Godfrey Kneller, now in the collection of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, London.

  • 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
    Queen Anne (1665-1714) Reigned 1702-14
    Date
    1702-1714
    Medium
    Oil on canvas
    Dimensions
    height: 120.00 cm, width: 71.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Miss Gertrude Sharp, November 1956
    GAC number
    3594