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George Knapton was a portrait painter in oils and crayons. He was born in London and trained at the St Martin’s Lane Academy; he was also apprenticed to Jonathan Richardson the elder. Knapton was a founding member the Society of Dillettanti in 1736, and painted twenty-three portraits of the members, mostly in fancy dress. He also published a paper on the recent discovery of Herculaneum in 1740. He resigned as a member of the Society in 1763, but seems to have given up painting c.1755. He became surveyor and keeper of the King’s pictures in 1765.

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GEORGE KNAPTON (1698-1778)
Portrait of John Egerton
Portrait of John Egerton, Viscount Brackley (1704-1719), standing, three-quarter length, wearing a pink waistcoat and blue jacket in a landscape. C...
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