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(Circle of) Godfrey Kneller
EARLY 18TH CENTURY ENGLISH PORTRAIT OF A LADY - CIRCLE OF SIR GODFREY KNELLER.

1710 - 1730

$20,796.98

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A fine, large scale and highly decorative early eighteenth century portrait of Charlotte Louise von Munchhausen also known as Charlotte von Neuhaus-Leitzkau painted by an artist in the circle of Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646 - 1723) The sitter is pictured standing full length within a landscape, and against rock work. She wears the typical costume of aristocratic ladies of her generation, namely a white chemise, blue silk dress (with pearl accents) and pink silk shawl. Charlotte gestures with one arm outstretched and her other hand plays gently with the folds in her drapery. Charlotte Louise von Munchhausen (1705-1730) Charlotte was born in 1705 into an artstocratic Eurpopean family, and in 1724 at the age of 18 she married Philipp Adolph von Münchhausen. Philipp Adolph von Munchhausen (1694 - 1762) was an administrative lawyer, Hanoverian Minister of State and also Head of the German Chancellery in London (during which time this painting was likely painted) The couple hasd four children Wilhelmine Christiane von Munchhausen, Sophia Dorothea Elenore von Muchhausen, Friedrich Otto von Munchhausen, and Philipp Adolf von Munchhausen. Charlotte Charlotte died 1730 aged 24 Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1st Baronet (1646 – 1723) Kneller was born Gottfried Kneller in the Free City of Lübeck , the son of Zacharias Kniller. Kneller studied in Leiden, but became a pupil of Ferdinand Bol and perhaps Rembrandt himself in the 1660s. He was in Rome and Venice between 1672 and 1675, settling in England in 1676 for the remainder of his life. Kneller was soon employed at Court and rapidly became the most successful portraitist during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. His work exuberantly expresses the spirit of the English Baroque, and his style greatly influenced other artists. He enjoyed the office of Principal Painter to the King, at first jointly with John Riley (d.1691), from shortly after the accession of William and Mary in 1688 until his death. Kneller founded a studio which produced portraits en masse and to a formulaic model which started with a sketch of the face with details added later, this was helped somewhat by the penchant for wig wearing amounts gentlemen of the time. He was knighted in 1692 and became a baronet in 1715, he died of fever in 1723 and his remains were interred in the church of St. Mary's in Twickenham. This fine oil on canvas is in an excellent state of conservation and is ready to hang in a later gilded antique style frame. Higher Resolution images on request. Worldwide shipping available. Canvas: 50” x 40” / 127cm x 102cm. Framed: 56” x 46”/ 143cm x 117cm Price: £14250

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