20 portraits of members of the Kit Cat club, Whig politicians and writers.
Portraits of members of the Kit Kat club by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 17021717
© Beningbrough Hall
- Oil on canvas
- Art Fund grant:
- £6,500 ( Total: £6,500)
- Acquired in:
- Clinton Baker
They were painted at the instigation of the publisher Jacob Tonson (club secretary). Engraved in mezzotint by John Faber, 1731-4, and published in 1735. Also a miniature self-portrait by the artist. Remainder of the collection are at the National Portrait Gallery.
They were designed to fit a special clubroom at Tonson's house at Barn Elms. Inherited by his nephew; his daughter Mary who married William Baker of Bayfordbury
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