Offered by Galerie PhC
17th century English school attributed to Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723) and his workshop-Portait of a young Lord
Canvas 68 cm by 58 cm
Old frame of 75 cm by 65 cm
Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723)
Godfrey Kneller or Gottfried Kneller (8 August 1646 in Lübeck - 19 October 1723 in London), 1st Baronet, was a British portrait painter. The name he bore in Lübeck was Gottfried Kniller and it is still under this name that the museums of Lübeck present his works.
His father Zachary Kniller was a painter and the chief surveyor of the city of Lübeck. Around 1662, he studied mathematics at the University of Leiden before turning to painting, studying under Ferdinand Bol and probably Rembrandt.
He traveled from 1672 to 1675 first to Rome where he was a pupil of Carlo Moratti and Bernini, then to Venice, before moving to England in 1676.
He runs a successful workshop in London. Very often, he paints the head of the model and entrusts the rest of the painting to his studio
After being introduced to the Duke of Monmouth, he received orders from King Charles II and was launched as an artist of the court and appointed first painter, title he kept under the successors of this prince. Renowned as a portraitist in the great way, he portrays the greatest characters of the time, Newton, Charles II, Peter the Great, Archduke Charles ... In 1684-1685, he came to France, and is the portrait of Louis XIV for Charles II.
Court painter of James II and George I, he was appointed principal painter of the corégents Guillaume III and Queen Marie II in 1688.
Knighted in 1692, he received in 1695, in the presence of the King, an honorary doctorate in law from the University of Oxford. In 1700, he was appointed Knight of the Holy Roman Empire by Emperor Leopold I.
In 1704, he married a widow, Susanna Grave. The couple will not have children.
In 1711 he became governor of the first London Academy and was re-elected annually until 1718. George I granted Kneller a barony in 1715.