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    Sale 5955

    British Mezzotints & Printed Hankerchiefs, Part II, from the collection of the Honourable Christopher Lennox-Boyd

    25 February 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 1179

    John Faber II (1695-1756), after Sir Godfrey Kneller

    Portraits of The Kit Kat Club

    Price Realised  

    John Faber II (1695-1756), after Sir Godfrey Kneller
    Portraits of The Kit Kat Club
    mezzotints on laid paper, good impressions with margins, published 1731-1735, with an engraved dedication plate to the Duke of Somerset, contained within three portfolio boxes with gilt tooled red morrocco spines
    unframed
    S. 18 x 12in. (45.7 x 30.5cm.) (47)


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    This early series of mezzotint portraits of the leading Whigs who formed the club were painted by Kneller to hang in the room built for the reception of its members at Jacob Tonson's house at Barn Elms. The proportions of the room necessitated the use of a smaller than usual 36 x 28 inch canvas, known since as a kit kat.

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