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Godfrey Kneller
Dates: British, 1646 - 1723
Biographical Account:

Sir Godfrey Kneller was born in Germany in 1646 to an artistic family. He was the chief portrait painter in England from the late 17th century to the early 18th century. He painted four monarchs during his lifetime including Charles II.


Kneller was well known for his skill in capturing the true likeness of his sitters. He is most famous for his portraits of a political group known as the Kit-cat Club. These are all of a standard size: 36 x 28 inches, which has now become known as the ‘kit-cat size’.

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