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Godfrey Kneller

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Portrait painting   •   Godfrey Kneller @ Wikipedia

Godfrey Kneller was born Gottfried Kniller as the third son of the painter Zacharias Kniller. The family was wealthy and respected. The father had been for a long time in the service of the Swedish king and had then been appointed senior surveyor in Lübeck. Although his father planned a career in the military for him and therefore sent him to study at the University of Leiden, the artistic interests of the young Gottfried prevail. He moved to Amsterdam, where he was taught in the style of Rembrandt by Ferdinand Bol and also made trips to Rome and Venice for study purposes.

From 1666 he worked as a freelance painter and moved in 1676 from Hamburg to England, where he took his English name. From the year 1700 Kneller is one of the most influential portrait painters. His outstanding ability to produce expressive character studies made him one of the most successful English painters of his time. The entire English, French and German nobility were portrayed by him. From 1680 he was the official portraitist of the British king and 1692 of this in the knighthood.

His most famous works include the 42 portraits of the members of the British "Whigs" kit cat club, including John Locke. These portraits are also called "Kit-Kat-Format" for portraits of a specific, shortened format of about 91 x 71 centimeters, on which at least one hand of the person depicted is always visible. © Meisterdrucke



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