• Old Master, Decorative, Modern auction at Christies

    Sale 5867

    Old Master, Decorative, Modern and Contemporary Prints

    16 September 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 170

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

    Portraits of the Kit Kat Club

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    John Faber II (1695-1756), After Sir Godfrey Kneller
    Portraits of the Kit Kat Club
    forty seven mezzotints on laid paper, with margins, published by J.Tonson and J.Faber, London, 1735, with engraved dedication plate to the Duke of Somerset and mezzotint title page, contained within calf binding, worn a rubbed, spine missing and boards detached
    S. 14¾ x 10 5/8in. (37.5 x 27cm.)


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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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    Literature

    Chaloner Smith 208