London, South Kensington
6 March 2012
Studio of Sir Godfrey Kneller (Lübeck 1646-1723 London)
Portrait of Thomas Betterton (c. 1635-1710), half-length, in a brown coat
oil on canvas
30¼ x 25 in. (76.5 x 63.5 cm.)
The Earl of Darnley, Pucket Hall, Cobham, Kent; Christie's, London, 1 May 1925, lot 15 as 'Michael Dahl' (12 Gns. to Rochelle Thomas).
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The Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1910.
Thomas Betterton was the most celebrated actor in England in the generation between Richard Burbage and David Garrick, and the pre-eminent theatre manager of his time.
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