A Lady by Sir Godfrey Kneller

Most of Kneller's drawings were made in connection with his painted portraits.


Chalk on paper
33 x 24 cm
Acquired in:
Presented by:
Captain H Reitlinger through The Art Fund

At a client's first sitting in the studio, he would make a chalk study of the head. This would then be transferred, probably by eye, to canvas. The drawing was more an aid than a pattern to be copied exactly, and the client would return for further sittings. (Info from Tate website). Part of two gifts to Tate by Captain H Reitlinger through the Art Fund in 1922.