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King James II. Etching by G. Vertue after Sir G. Kneller, 173-.

  • Kneller, Godfrey, Sir, 1646-1723
[between 1733 and 1736]
  • Pictures

About this work


Half-length directed to right in oval frame facing left of front, wearing armour, lace collar and the Garter star. Around the portrait, a rough frame with spiky tufts and four laurel twigs. Above, the papal tiara and crossed keys, referring to James's Roman Catholic faith: they are carried within a cloud which crosses the rectangular edge of the picture. Below, two broken anchors, presumably referring to some aspect of his abdication: one of the anchors is marked with fleurs de lys, the other with crosses


London : [J. & P. Knapton], [between 1733 and 1736]

Physical description

1 print : engraving, with etching ; platemark 30.8 x 20 cm


K. James the 2d. Drawn & engrav'd by Geo: Vertue from an original painting done for Secretary Pepys and painted from the life by Sr Godfrey Kneller An.o 1688

Creator/production credits

The allegories are designed by Vertue (Alexander, op. cit. pp. 217-218)

References note

Freeman O'Donoghue, Catalogue of engraved British portraits preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, London 1910, vol. 2, p. 624, no. 47 (as "plate to folio edition of Rapin and Tindal's History of England")
David Alexander, 'George Vertue as an engraver', The Walpole Society, 2008, 70: 207-517, no. 754


Wellcome Library no. 2045331i


  • English

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