Tuesday, June 30, 2015

1600s & 1700s Background Gardens - Godfrey Kneller 1646-1723



1686 Godfrey Kneller (German-born English artist, 1646-1723) Frances Whitmore (1666–1694), Lady Myddelton

During the late 17C & early 18C the most prominent German-born painter in England was Sir Godfrey Kneller (b. Gottfried Kniller, 1646-1723). He served as court painter to 5 monarchs. Kneller maintained a workshop of  scores of apprentices & assistants, so that is impossible to know just who painted what in his portraits.   These portraits probably were painted by more than one person.  One assistant may have specialized in clothing, another in drapes, and so on, with perhaps, Godfrey Kneller painting the heads from pencil sketches he took, when meeting with the subject.  I am particularly interested in the views out the windows, beyond the curtains, & on the far side the protective balustrade.  Who painted these landscapes?  What function did the landscape serve? Were the landscapes fanciful & formulaic or were they real depictions of buildings & grounds related to the sitter?

 1690 Godfrey Kneller (German-born English artist, 1646-1723) Queen Anne



 1693 Godfrey Kneller (German-born English artist, 1646-1723) Hortense Mancini (1646–1699), Duchess of Mazarin



 1715 Lady Henrietta Crofts, Duchess of Bolton by a fountain



 Godfrey Kneller (German-born English artist, 1646-1723) Catherine, Daughter of Sir Thomas Gage and Second Wife of Walter, 3rd Lord Aston of Tixall



 Godfrey Kneller (German-born English artist, 1646-1723) Dorothy Whitmore (1667–1697), Mrs Jonathan Langley



 Godfrey Kneller (German-born English artist, 1646-1723) Elizabeth Pelham



 Godfrey Kneller (German-born English artist, 1646-1723) Hester Buckworth (d.1708)



 Godfrey Kneller (German-born English artist, 1646-1723) Jean Ross (1683–1717), Wife of Sir David Ogilvie, 3rd Bt of Barras



 Godfrey Kneller (German-born English artist, 1646-1723) Johanna St John (1631–1705), Wife of Sir Walter St John, 3rd Bt



 Godfrey Kneller (German-born English artist, 1646-1723) Lady Elizabeth Strachan of Tarrie



 Godfrey Kneller (German-born English artist, 1646-1723) Louise Renée de Penancoët de Kérouaille (1649–1734), Duchess of Portsmouth



 Godfrey Kneller (German-born English artist, 1646-1723) Portrait of a Daughter of Sir William Blackett



Godfrey Kneller (German-born English artist, 1646-1723) Susannah Anlaby (d.1715), Mrs Foote Onslow



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