Portrait of King George I (1660 - 1727)
Jacques Chéreau (1688-1776) after Sir Godfrey Kneller (1646-1723)
Printed on wove
40.5 cm x 27.9 cm (sheet)
The Countess of Carnarvon according to a very old manuscript label verso (most probably Cassandra Willoughby (1670–1735)).
Engraved portrait of King George I, half-length profile to left in long wig, wearing armour beneath an ermine trimmed robe, in oval frame, Royal coat of arms on an entablature below and lettered either side "Georgius D.G. Mag. Britanniæ Franciæ et Hibernæ Rex. Fidei Defensor Brun & Lunen: Dux S.R.I Arch Thesau & Elector &c. Inauguratus XX die Octobris 1714 -" artists' details "'G. Kneller Baronet de Mag. Britani et S. R. Imp Eques pinx. & ab Originali Chereau Junior Sculp."
George Ludwig, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg and Elector of Hanover (1660-1727). As a great-grandson of King James I, he succeeded Queen Anne by Act of Settlement in 1714 to becoming King George I of Great Britain, France and Ireland. He was the first Hanoverian monarch of Great Britain and the first king of the "Georgian Era".
Freeman O'Donoghue, Catalogue of engraved British portraits preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, London 1910, vol. 2, no. 12
Linen backed. "Countess of Carnarvon" manuscript label verso. Trimmed to on or near the platemark (though with small margins top and bottom). Very minor worm holes towards the border of the engraved entablature, right. A good, well preserved and attractively toned impression of this scarce print.
See British Museum [P,8.69] and Royal Collection [RCIN 603710] for similar.
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