Portraits of members of the Kit Kat club by Sir Godfrey Kneller

20 portraits of members of the Kit Cat club, Whig politicians and writers.


Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Art Fund grant:
£6,500 ( Total: £6,500)
Acquired in:
1945
Vendor:
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.

Provenance

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

Venue details

Beningbrough Hall Beningbrough, YORK North Yorkshire YO30 1DD 01904 472 027 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beningbrough

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £10.80)

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