Godfrey Kneller

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Godfrey Kneller

Sir Godfrey Kneller - Self portrait
Born Gottfried Kniller
8 August 1646(1646-08-08)
Lübeck, Holy Roman Empire
Died 19 October 1723(1723-10-19) (aged 77)
London, Great Britain
Residence London, England
Nationality German
Occupation Painter
Known for Leading portrait painter of England

Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1st Baronet (8 August 1646 – 19 October 1723) was the leading portrait painter in England during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. He was court painter to English and British monarchs from Charles II to George I.[1]

His major works include The Chinese Convert (1687); a series of four portraits of Isaac Newton; a series of ten reigning European monarchs, including King Louis XIV of France; over 40 "Kit-cat portraits" of members of the Kit-Cat Club; and ten "beauties" of the court of William III. The beauties series was to match a similar series of ten beauties of the court of Charles II. The earlier portraits were painted by court painter before him, Sir Peter Lely.

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