King George I
King George I

BERNARD LENS (1682-1740)

King George I

1718 United Kingdom

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King George I, in state robes, collar of the Order of the Garter
in later moulded frame

Lens was the miniature painter at the courts of kings George I (ruled 1714-27) and George II (ruled 1727-60), nevertheless, his miniatures of the two kings are invariably copies of oil paintings by other artists, rather than original works from actual sittings. This miniature derives from Kneller's portrait of George I taken circa 1714 and engraved by John Smith in 1715 (see National Portrait Gallery, London, nos. D7792, D11634 and D11930). This miniature was made before Lens became George's court painter, in 1723, it is, therefore, probable that Lens painted this in order to help secure his appointment into royal service.
There is another version, also dated 1718 and with the same inscription in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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Height 80.00 mm (3.15 inches)
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watercolour on ivory
signed with initials on the obverse, and inscribed on the reverse Georgius Dg Mag Britanniae Francia et Hiberniae Rex Fedei Defensor, Brun: et Lunen: Dux S.R.Arch Thesau: et Princeps Elector & Inaguratus XX die Octobris 1714, Kneller S.R. Imp: et Mag: Brit Baronet: pinx ab Originali Bernard Lens ** fecit May ye 18 1718
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