Sir Godfrey Kneller (Biographical details)

Sir Godfrey Kneller (painter/draughtsman; German; British; Male; 1646 - 1723)

Also known as

Kneller, Godfrey; Kniller, Gottfried


Portrait painter; b. Lübeck; d. London; trained in Amsterdam under Bol (possibly also under Rembrandt?); 1672-75 in Rome and Venice; settled in London 1676; appointed Principal Painter to William III and Mary (jointly with Riley) 1688, retaining office until his death; knighted 1692; made baronet 1715; appointed Governor of the first Academy in England 1711; often signed and dated his pictures, sometimes with monogram GK; sketchbooks and an album in P&D with drawings by Edward Byng and others (1897,0813.3 to 9) contain studies after portraits made in the Kneller studio.


J. Douglas Stewart, 'Sir Godfrey Kneller and the English Baroque Portrait', Oxford 1983