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    Sale 5431

    Old Master & British Pictures

    11 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 52

    Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lubeck 1646-1723 London)

    Portrait of Dudley North of Glemham (1684-1729), three-quarter-length, in a brown coat, a tricorn under his left arm

    Price Realised  

    Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lubeck 1646-1723 London)
    Portrait of Dudley North of Glemham (1684-1729), three-quarter-length, in a brown coat, a tricorn under his left arm
    signed 'G. Kneller' (lower right) and with identifying inscription and date 'Mr. North. 1717' (on the relining canvas, presumably after an original inscription)
    oil on canvas
    48½ x 39½ in. (123.3 x 100.4 cm.)
    in its original carved and gilded gadrooned frame


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    The sitter was the eldest son of Sir Dudley North (1641-1691), financier and economist, and his wife Ann (d. 1715), widow of Sir Robert Gonning and daughter of Sir Robert Cann, M.P. for Bristol. He had two brothers, Roger (b. 1686) and Robert (b. 1688), and a sister Anne (see lot 54 for a portrait of Dudley and Anne as children). His father's sole heir, Dudley acquired a country estate at Glemham, Suffolk, in 1708, and became known as Dudley North of Glemham. He served as M.P. for Suffolk and Oxford and married Catherine, daughter of Elihu Yale, founder of Yale college in New Haven (for her portrait see lot 53).

    Sir Godfrey Kneller, an English artist born in Lübeck, Germany, was considered the leading portraitist in England during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. At the time he painted the present portrait in 1717, he held the post of Principal Painter to the Crown.

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    Provenance

    The Earls of Guilford, and by descent to the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A LADY OF TITLE (LOTS 46-68)