Queen Anne (1665-1714) after Sir Godrey Kneller Bt (1646-1723)

Artist/Maker ENGLISH SCHOOL (18th Century )
Dimensions 5.70cm high   
Description he Queen wears an embroidered orange coloured dress trimmed with ermine and an ermine shawl over her shoulders, the blue ribbon and Order of the Garter around her neck
Set into the original fish skin travelling case

The accession of Queen Anne in 1702 was seen by many as a moment of particular national pride and hope. She was a Stuart, and daughter of the abdicated James II. His death in the year previous to her accession, and the uncompromising Catholicism and alien upbringing of his heir James Stuart, made Anne an acceptable object for the loyalty of those who had been troubled by William''s legitimacy. As a focus for the nation, Anne's motive in choosing Semper Eadem, ''Always the same,'' as her motto is plain, since it was the regal motto of Queen Elizabeth I. Until the Treaty of Urecht in 1711 her reign was characterised by comparable military achievements in the land victories of Marlborough and the naval triumphs of admirals such as Shovell.

This miniature is based on the work of Kneller and it is one that depicts an element of honesty and accuracy. The accuracy of the likeness can be confirmed by comparison with her wax funeral effigy still preserved in Westminster Abbey. Anne's looks varied considerably since her early depiction as a Princess by William Wissing (Scottish National Portrait Gallery) However, what she lacked in beauty, she made up for in determination and fortitude; elements of character that Kneller clearly understood and highlighted in his commanding full length coronation portrait, (Inner Temple Collection, London) from which the present head and shoulders version is taken.

Lens was based in London, where he taught drawing and miniature painting. He was a member of the convivial 'Rose & Crown' club for artists. He sketched regularly at the artists' academy set up by the queen's principal painter, Sir Godfrey Kneller. Lens also travelled regularly through England. This miniature is one of many small portraits that Lens copied from Kneller's work. In 1707 Lens was the first British artist to paint miniatures on ivory, as seen here, as opposed to vellum.
Medium watercolour on ivory
Condition Good
Ref No. 4972
Price £2500.00
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