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Kneller, Godfrey, Sir (Godfrey Kniller)

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Born: 1646? AD
Died: 1723 AD.

Nationality: Unknown
Categories: Painters

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1646 - Born in Germany on the 8th of August.

         - Kneller studied in Leiden, but became a pupil of Ferdinand Bol and Rembrandt in Amsterdam.

1670 - He worked in Rome and Venice, painting historical subjects and portraits, and later moved to Hamburg.

1674 - He came to England, at the invitation of the Duke of Monmouth, accompanied by his brother, John Zacharias Kneller, who was an ornamental painter.

1680 - When Sir Peter Lely died, Kneller was appointed Principal Painter to the Crown by Charles II.

1687 - His major works include The Chinese Convert, a series of ten reigning European monarchs.

1711-1716 - He was also head of the Kneller Academy of Painting and Drawing in Great Queen Street, London.

1723 - Kneller died of fever on the 19th of October and his remains were interred in Twickenham Church.


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