Charles Beauclerk (1670–1726), Duke of St. Albans

Sir Godfrey Kneller German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 509

The broad brushwork is a hallmark of Kneller’s style. The sitter (1620-1726, presuming he is correctly identified as the Duke of St. Albans), was the illegitimate son of Charles II by the actress Nell Gwynn.

Charles Beauclerk (1670–1726), Duke of St. Albans, Sir Godfrey Kneller (German, Lübeck 1646–1723 London), Oil on canvas

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