British Art 1660-1735 (Yale)

Author, ‘A Session of Painters: Succession, Legacy and the Prospects for British portraiture after Sir Godfrey Kneller’ in Court, Country, City: Essays on British Art and Architecture, 1660-1735, Paul Mellon Centre/Yale University Press, June 2016.

Sir Godfrey Kneller (b.1646) died on 26 October 1723, although according to George Vertue he had been declared “past remedy (nay dead)” as early as May 1722. Alongside the regular bulletins in the London press charting Kneller’s declining health, and the tributes in prose and verse celebrating a long and distinguished career, the veteran painter’s protracted incapacity focussed attention on one issue in particular: his successor.

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